Chris Holtmann has made a name for himself in the college basketball recruiting landscape since becoming the head coach at Ohio State.
In his first two recruiting classes while at Ohio State, Holtmann brought in top 30 classes— but it is his 2019 class that is drawing the most praise. As it stands today, Ohio State sits at No. 5 in the country and atop the Big Ten in the 247Sports class rankings.
And while the majority of the focus remains on that 2019 class, Holtmann and his coaching staff have started looking at the 2020 class as well, one which is still looking for its first commitment. One potential name to look at for that first commitment is four-star power forward Che Evans (Lutherville Timonium, MD / Dulaney).
As was first reported by Jake Weigerten of Stockrisers, Evans is set to take an unofficial visit to Columbus this weekend.
Ohio State will host 2020 four-star Che Evans for an unofficial visit on Saturday, source tells Stockrisers.— Jake (@jakeweingarten) October 22, 2018
Has OSU in his final-11
As Weingarten mentioned, Evans has Ohio State listed among his recently announced top schools along with Texas Tech, UCLA, Rutgers, Florida, Georgetown, Long Beach State, TCU, Boston College and Boise State.
I Am More Than Thankful To The Schools That Have Gave Me The Opportunity To Attend Their School. With That Being Said I Will Be Moving Forward In My Career With These 10 Schools! @TiptonEdits pic.twitter.com/6oyjBFIaaU— Ig: cevans10 (@CevansJr10) October 18, 2018
The upcoming visit along with being included in his top schools list appears as a great sign for Ohio State, however, it is still to early in Evans’ recruitment to list a true leader. Just this month, the junior has visits to Georgetown, Rutgers and Ohio State scheduled with a visit to Boise State already scheduled for early November.
One thing is for certain, we will know more about where Ohio State stands as a legitimate contender in his recruitment following his visit this weekend.
Evans is rated as as the overall No. 142 recruit nationally, No. 27 small forward and the No. 5 recruit in the state of Maryland, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings.
Ohio State set to visit 3-star DE Kentucky commit
Entering a bye week following a gut-wrenching loss to an unranked opponent makes hitting the recruiting trail a bit more challenging.
Nevertheless, that is the exact position Ohio State has found itself in and with two weeks to prepare for a noon game against Nebraska, the coaching staff will be using their extra time to boost up the 2019 recruiting class.
Ohio State defensive line coach Larry Johnson wasted no time as he reportedly traveled North to Toledo to visit with three-star defensive end Cavon Butler (Toledo, OH / Whitmer) who committed to Kentucky back in August.
Buckeyes defensive line coach Larry Johnson is expected at Toledo Whitmer today to check in on Kentucky commit Cavon Butler. Ohio State offered in early October.— Jeremy Birmingham (@Birm) October 22, 2018
Butler was last on Ohio State’s campus on Oct. 6 when he witnessed the Buckeyes beat Indiana 49-26. The visit couldn’t have gone better for either party as Butler left with an official scholarship offer from the University.
On top of a visit by Johnson and the previously mentioned Indiana visit, Butler is also scheduled to take an official visit to Ohio State on Nov. 24 when the Buckeyes take on Michigan.
And even though Butler is currently committed to Kentucky, the tea leaves are starting to read in Ohio State’s favor, so much so that the Buckeyes lead with 88-percent 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions.
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