As spring practice carries on, we edge ever so closer to the Spring Game. But until then, there is still lots of recruiting to do. Visits are being taken, top lists are be created, and recruiting big boards are being curated in every football program’s war room. (I’m assuming they all have one of those).
For the Ohio State Buckeyes, good news came to them on Wednesday. On both the football and basketball fronts, there was chatter over the line. Let’s take a look at what went down.
A Top 12 for Lee
Wide receiver is an important role at Ohio State. In recent memory, top stars that caught the ball in Columbus went on to do the same in the professional ranks. With a track record of success, it’s an alluring situation to be in. Four-star WR Devonta Lee (Amite, LA / Amite) released his list of top schools, and each of them are very well known football programs.
Top 12 pic.twitter.com/yg1CfqmFQm— Devonta Lee (@DevontaleeLee) March 28, 2018
On Wednesday afternoon, Lee put the list on Twitter. The Louisiana native had, naturally, SEC powers dominating his list. The home-state LSU Tigers are joined by fellow conference brethren in Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Arkansas, Tennessee and Texas A&M. However, Texas, Miami (FL), Florida State and Ohio State made the list, too.
The 247sports composite has Lee listed as the 66th best prospect in the 2019 class. At his position, he is considered the 13th best receiver—and it shows. He has over 15 offers, with a slew of them coming from SEC schools. Geographically, it makes sense; Lee is the fourth best prospect in the state of Louisiana.
Predictions are, literally, split at the moment. Of the 10 registered crystal balls on 247sports, five point to LSU; and five point to the defending national champions, Alabama. Can the Buckeyes wedge themselves into this race? Considering that Lee put them in his personal top 12, there aren’t out of it, yet. If they can get him to Columbus, Ohio, then the OSU program has the ability to speak for itself in person.
With the list trimmed down, we’ll keep you updated if the Scarlet and Gray make any headway in getting the four-star product to a more northern climate.
Would you have a spot?
With only four teams left fighting for the top spot atop the college basketball mountain, the rest of the basketball world is in off-season mode. One of the tasks in the off-season is dealing with the transfer market. Kids with eligibility left may look for a new home to play a basketball. Just look at last year: Andrew Dakich graduated from Michigan, but had a year left of basketball to play—which led to him coming to Chris Holtmann’s newly formed Buckeye program.
One of the latest additions to this year’s transfer market is a point guard from the ACC. Tomahawk Nation wrote about sophomore CJ Walker’s decision to transfer on Tuesday. Walker was Florida State’s fourth-leading scorer on their Elite 8 run.
Why is this transfer notice important to OSU? Well, reports began to surface that the Buckeyes made contact with Walker—as did a couple other schools.
Florida State transfer C.J. Walker has already heard from Butler, Indiana & Ohio State among others, per a source. Averaged 8 PPG & 2.4 APG.— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) March 28, 2018
In that same Tomahawk Nation article, Walker was described as a “spark-plug point guard.” With Keita Bates-Diop declaring for the NBA Draft, the Buckeyes will have to find another answer on offense. Walker could be that guy, but we won’t know until the 2019-2020 season, as he’ll have to sit out a year because transfer rules.
If Holtmann gets a year to regroup and pull together another cohesive team, someone like Walker, who had extensive tournament experience this March, could be a valuable PG to have down the line.