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Ohio State lands commitment from 2021 4-star forward Kalen Etzler

The Buckeyes get their first commitment in the 2021 class.

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The Ohio State Buckeyes have yet to add a commitment to the current 2020 class of recruits, but don’t think that means Chris Holtmann and his staff are slacking. The Buckeyes are still very engaged on the recruiting trail, and they flexed their recruiting muscles on Sunday, as 2021 four-star power forward Kalen Etzler announced his pledge to Ohio State on Twitter.

Etzler is the first member of what is expected to be a three or four man 2021 class for the Buckeyes. The Convoy, Ohio, native has been favoring Ohio State for several months now, and after he visited campus last October, it felt like a commitment could come at any time. Now, six months later, the Buckeyes have landed the talented big man.

Sitting at 51st in 247Sports’ rankings, and 14th among power forwards, Etzler is one of the nation’s best in the 2021 class. He sits at second in Ohio, behind only Malaki Branham, who is also apparently heavily favoring the Buckeyes.

With Meechie Johnson ranked inside the national top-100 as well, it’s fair to assume that the 2021 class for Ohio State could be filled with quite a few homegrown talents, and it’s fair to assume that Ohio State’s ace recruiter in-state, Ryan Pedon, will play a big role in that.

Etzler committed to the Buckeyes over reported offers from Bowling Green, Duquesne and Miami (OH), but he had plenty of interest from almost every Big Ten team, and visited Purdue back in October.