Even though it’s the offseason, the Ohio State basketball program is continuing to make noise. On Wednesday, head coach Chris Holtmann addressed season ticket holders at The Schottenstein Center about his transition from Butler to OSU, and answered some questions from the audience. This capped off a pretty solid day for OSU basketball, as they got some good news on their pursuit of a four-star point guard from Florida.
Recruiting experts weigh in on Weaver
Last week, Jeff Borzello of ESPN tweeted out that four-star PG Elijah Weaver (Oldsmar, FL /Oldsmar Christian School) set official visit dates to three schools: USC (9/2), Ohio State (9/9), and Florida (9/16).
While all three schools are behind the favored Villanova Wildcats for the No. 8 PG in the 2018 class, Ohio State seems to be gaining some ground. The 247sports Crystal ball prediction had another expert weigh in their opinion, and that expert, Jerry Meyer, has Weaver going to OSU. In the early going, 11 recruiting analysts have made predictions on where they think Weaver will end up; of those 11, three votes have been cast for the Buckeyes—and seven for the Wildcats. The good news for OSU fans: recruiting experts have picked Weaver to be a Buckeye in consecutive days.
Over the summer, OSU has been ramping up their pursuit of a Weaver commitment. On June 11, the Buckeyes made the offer to the PG and joined the fray with 25 other programs. There is still plenty of time until the 2018 class has to make final decisions on where they will attend the school of their choice.
That means there is plenty of time for the Buckeyes to make a push for Weaver to commit to playing college basketball in Columbus, Ohio.
While the basketball program has time to persuade a prospect to become a Buckeye, time is of the essence for Ohio State’s football program and their pursuit of four-star wide receiver L’Christian “Blue” Smith (Dayton, OH/Wayne).
Or is it?
Smith, who has a slated commitment date of August 27, made this tweet on Tuesday evening:
There has been a change in my commitment date...— BLUE (@bluesmith_) August 1, 2017
The No. 4 prospect in Ohio’s 2018 recruiting class, the Buckeyes are in a battle with the Kentucky Wildcats to keep Smith within state lines. However, recents events seem to point to the Buckeyes as the landing spot for Smith. Back in mid-June, Smith took part in a camp at OSU, and back in July, he attended the famed ‘Friday Night Lights’ camp, according to 247sports.
Will the commitment date move up? We’ll have the date and time when it is known.
• Official scholarship offers went out on Tuesday. Here are some of the notable prospects who posted their Ohio State offers on Twitter.