With Urban Meyer getting back into the swing of things as head coach, the Ohio State Buckeyes went back to something they’ve done well: recruit. On Wednesday, they made more moves on the recruiting trail—sending out an offer to a 2020 prospect. But, they weren’t the only ones trying to build a superstar classes for the future. The Buckeyes men’s basketball program was also out meeting with recruits, in hopes to securing a dominate class in 2020.
Let’s recap how yesterday went in the world of OSU recruiting.
The Future Is Now
As mentioned, the football program sent out an offer. Three-star running back Landen Bartleson (Danville, KY / Boyle County) was the one to pick up the coveted offer from the Scarlet and Gray. He let everyone know about the offer late Wednesday night on Twitter.
Blessed and honored to receive an offer from The Ohio State University! ‼️ #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/fGWIvKYBcX— Landen Bartleson (@lbb_5) September 20, 2018
At the moment, he is a regional recruit; meaning, that some of the surrounding institutions near and around Kentucky have caught wind of Bartleson’s abilities. Kentucky, Louisville, Tennessee, Purdue and Ohio State are the major schools that are close to the Bluegrass State that have sent him an offer. However, there is one long distance school that has Bartleson on their radar: the University of Colorado. With six offers already secured, expect more to come for the No. 45 RB in the 2020 class.
Standing at 6-foot-1, 182 pounds, he already has an eye for the end zone and can shred off tacklers. Also evident is his ability to turn on the afterburners when defenders are closing in or lunging after him. Bartleson’s sophomore highlight reel shows a more comprehensive idea of what he can develop to before leaving high school. You can check out his clips below.
A day on the road
Ohio State basketball was also out doing recruiting business. In fact, it was reported by Stockrisers that Chris Holtmann literally hit the road to recruit one of the best prospects in the 2020 class.
Ohio State’s Chris Holtmann was in this morning for 2020 four-star Cam’Ron Fletcher, source tells Stockrisers.— Jake (@jakeweingarten) September 19, 2018
Small forward Cam’Ron Fletcher (St. Louis, MO / Vashon) is a four-star recruit and one of the best prospects in the state of Missouri. The 247sports composite has him as the second best prospect in the state, as well as the 11th best SF and 41st best overall recruit in the ‘20 cycle.
With Holtmann hitting the road to recruit the 6-foot-6 prospect, he has an uphill battle with other programs around St. Louis. The University of Illinois, Missouri, Kansas State and Creighton are just some of the schools trending for the Vashon star. With just one prediction in the 247sports crystal ball, the way-too-early favorite to land Fletcher is the Missouri Tigers. However, Holtmann has shown his ability to recruit in his short time at Ohio State.
As a matter of fact, the recruiting for Holtmann’s program didn’t stop with Fletcher. It was also reported by Stockrisers that the Buckeye coach was recruiting within (and around) the Buckeye State.
Ohio State’s Chris Holtmann is currently in for 2020 four-star big Zach Loveday, source tells Stockrisers.— Jake (@jakeweingarten) September 19, 2018
Holtmann will see 2020 four-star Ethan Morton tonight as well.
Zach Loveday is a out of Gallipolis (OH) and is considered the best prospect in the state for ’20, according to the 247sports composite. Louisville, Florida and Indiana are just a trio of the schools who are vying for Loveday’s commitment. With the 7-foot center being from Ohio, one has to figure that Holtmann has the upperhand, as he can try and keep the recruit close to home.
Like Loveday, Ethan Morton (Butler, PA / Butler Area) is also the best player in his state. Morton, a small forward, also carries the designation as a four-star prospect. He already has a bevy of interested schools, with Indiana, Purdue, Marquette and Stanford to name a few. With still a couple years left before he needs to make a decision, his recruitment is already attracting a lot of attention, with 19 reported offers already sent.
We are nowhere close to being done with any of these recruitments—and we’ll keep you posted as updates occur.