On June 6, after months of being a member of Ohio State’s 2018 recruiting class, Justin Ahrens decommitted from the Buckeyes, just a day removed from Thad Matta stepping down as head coach. Ahrens shifted his focus to Michigan, Dayton, Xavier and Cincinnati, while Ohio State searched for a new coach.
Shortly after, Chris Holtmann was hired to replace Matta, and despite Ahrens’ decommitment, the new look Buckeye coaching staff was still highly intrigued by the Versailles, Ohio product. Ahrens received an official offer from the Buckeyes on July 17, and with Holtmann leading the way, Ohio State surged in the race for the four-star small forward.
After visiting Xavier and Michigan in August, Ahrens headed up to Columbus this weekend, taking in the sights of Columbus at the Ohio State-UNLV football game, and talking to Chris Holtmann and his staff about a possible recommitment to the Buckeyes.
Obviously, Ahrens was sold, as just moments ago, fresh off that visit, the 6-foot-5, 181-pound wing committed to the Buckeyes, spurning Michigan and Xavier, both of whom had been considered the teams to beat for months.
Ahrens is the fourth commit in Ohio State’s 2018 class, along with guards Duane Washington and Luther Muhammad, and forward Jaedon LeDee. All four recruits have committed in the past week, making this easily the most impressive week thus far of Chris Holtmann’s short tenure.
With Ahrens commitment, the Buckeyes moves up to ninth in the national class rankings and fifth in the Big Ten for the 2018 recruiting cycle.