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Former Ohio State pledge Justin Ahrens talks decommitment from Buckeyes

What’s next for the now former OSU commit?


Soon after three-star 2018 small forward Justin Ahrens verbally committed to play his college basketball for Ohio State, he stated the following to Land-Grant Holy Land:

“I chose Ohio State because I love everything about it. It feels like home, the academics, the coaching staff, the people, the campus. Just love it. The connections I was able to make with the coaching staff made it easy for me to decide it was right. They are coaches that I can learn from, and also just have a good conversation with and they are so easy to get along with. Me and the coaches have a great relationship with each other.”

Fast forward nearly nine months later and the Versailles standout is back on the market after the Buckeyes decided to let longtime head coach Thad Matta go earlier this week.

“They called me before it went public and told me, and we were texting today,” Ahrens said of his communication with Matta and the OSU staff.

“[Matta] was a great coach and a better life mentor in my eyes. I will still consider OSU if they get a coach that fits my style and system.”

Announcing his decommitment plans to the world via his Twitter page on Tuesday evening, the 6-foot-5 wing is already hearing from a matter of different programs, including the Dayton Flyers. In no rush to make new college plans, he will rather wait and see what is out there for him with Matta no longer in charge in Columbus.

“I'm just looking to build relationships right now. A lot of schools have already called or text and UD offered already. I'm just looking for a school that spreads the floor like OSU. I reopened my recruitment because with the new coach at OSU, I'm going to have to build a whole new relationship.”

With Ahrens no longer pegged to suit up for the Buckeyes at the moment, the Ohio State class of 2018 is currently sitting at one. While Ahrens will take the wait and see approach, Dane Goodwin, a sharp-shooter from Upper Arlington, Ohio, has already stated he will stay firm with Ohio State during their search for a new coach.

We’ll keep you in the loop as Ahrens makes his decision on where to commit.

Quick Hits

  • Four-star 2018 Huber Heights Wayne wide receiver L’Christian “Blue” Smith will commit to a program later this summer in July. Smith, a big target at 6-foot-6, holds offers from not just Ohio State, but also programs such as Michigan, Kentucky, Cincinnati and Tennessee.
  • Per Allen Trieu of, class of 2019 wide receiver Kyren Williams (St. Louis, MO/St. John Vianney) will camp with the Buckeyes this weekend. Williams has watched his recruitment really picked up this spring. Still yet to earn an offer from Ohio State, Arkansas, Iowa, Iowa State and Wisconsin are just a few of the schools to dish out scholarships to the 5-foot-10 playmaker.