The weekend is almost here! On top of that, we’re now one day closer to the start of Ohio State football and basketball.
For football, we edge ever so closer to the kickoff of the 2018 season versus Oregon State on Sept. 1. Additionally, we’re another day closer to finding out what the verdict is from the university’s investigation into Urban Meyer.
On the hardwood, Nov. 1 is the date we’ll see what this Buckeye team is about when they take on UNC Pembroke. But, before then, Chris Holtmann has some recruiting to do. One of the best players in the state of Illinois is set to visit the OSU program—and could be another addition to the 2019 class.
This visit means a lot
Ever since Holtmann came to the Ohio State basketball program, good things have come to the program. With the on-court success last season in his first year as head coach, Holtmann has this team (and program) in the right direction. Certainly when it comes to recruiting, too, this new coaching staff has shown its ability to land top guys, such as their latest commit in 2019 five-star point guard DJ Carton. With the ball rolling in Columbus, the basketball team is looking to continue their success—and that may come sooner rather than later.
Illinois Mr. Basketball winner EJ Liddell (@EasyE2432) has locked in his official visit schedule, he tells me.— Derek Piper (@DPiper247) August 16, 2018
OSU - 8/31
Mizzou - 9/8
KSU - 9/28
Wisconsin - 10/6#Illini - 10/12
He talks about what he's looking for & when he wants to make a decision... https://t.co/wqMozljHb1 pic.twitter.com/jGpZ2jKw6P
Looking to build on the commitment of Carton, Holtmann and staff are doing their very best to secure another top tier guy for this 2019 haul. One guy they’d love to add to the fold is E.J. Liddell. A name not unfamiliar at all to Ohio State fans, Liddell is slated to have his official visit to Columbus for the weekend of Aug. 31, which will be the first of five official visits he will take.
Having to fight off four schools, the Buckeyes are doing well in this recruitment, but if you want to see just what E.J. is looking for, the article in the tweet will give the inside scoop. If Ohio State wants to secure this star and put the finishing touches to their 2019 haul, they’ll get the first crack at it. Odds are looking pretty good that they’ll do just that.
Why was there any doubt?
Stars and rankings in recruiting don’t mean everything, but to be real honest, they certainly mean something at least. Ohio State has landed top guy after top guy, and don’t think for a second that doesn’t transition to the game field. Coaches coach, of course, but talent definitely has a say for winning games. That right there is one of the main reasons the Buckeyes—year in and year out—continue to win. Simply, they recruit talent and they do it very well. The coaching staff doesn’t always get lost in the star rankings, but as we’ve heard this staff say many times before, if there’s a recruiting championship on paper, they want to win it.
In the 2019 class, the Buckeyes are holding on to the top class in the Big Ten as well as the eighth best class nationally. While it’s true that many of the non-committed Ohio State targets are awaiting the fate of Urban Meyer, the rest of the class has not seen any wavering to this point. One guy that continues to not only be a solid leader in the class, but also be one of the most respectable recruits in the country, is 2019 current commit Harry Miller. An offensive lineman with as much size and talent as you’d ever want to have, Miller is as talented off the field as he is on. Yesterday, in an updated recruiting rankings courtesy of 247sports, Miller was once again raised to five-star status.
Never really deserving of any decrease in his ranking, it’s nice to see him back as one of the few five-star kids in the 2019 class. OSU now has Miller and wide receiver Garrett Wilson as five-star verbal commits for the upcoming recruiting cycle. It’s been a great run for Ohio State at the center position with back-to-back Rimington award winners. If Miller continues to elevate his game, it probably wouldn’t surprise that many people if he was to become another Buckeye to win the coveted Rimington award.