It’s already been a pretty good week for Ohio State recruiting. Over the weekend, Ohio State landed a commitment from 2021 four-star power forward Kalen Etzler. That’s quite the way to open up the commitments for what should be a four-man 2021 group. Chris Holtmann and his staff are working hard, even if you can’t quite see the fruits of that labor yet.
Yesterday, the Buckeyes got some more big news. Thanks in large part to the addition of Jake Diebler to the staff, Ohio State has found themselves firmly in the race for 2020 four-star guard Keon Johnson. He made it official yesterday, as he named Ohio State as a member of his final three, along with Tennessee and Virginia.
Johnson sits at No. 30 on 247Sports’ composite rankings for the 2020 class. He’s the No. 7 shooting guard, the best player in Tennessee, and by all accounts, one of the most exciting young players in the country. He’s an elite scorer and rebounder despite his 6-foot-5, 180-pound frame, and he’s as explosive as they come.
He’s a capable shooter, a great slasher, and could contribute right away in Columbus if he ultimately picks the Buckeyes on Aug. 6. Ohio State has just one open spot in their 2020 class, and Holtmann and his staff would be over the moon if that one spot is filled by like Johnson.
Milton announcing top five soon
The basketball team isn’t the only program at Ohio State set to get some good news this week. Five-star 2020 running back Kendall Milton announced on Twitter last night that he will be releasing his final five schools on Friday.
I will be releasing my TOP SCHOOLS this Friday at 4 pm PST! ❤️— Kendall Milton (@_KendallMilton) May 15, 2019
Thanks to an excellent visit to Columbus a few weeks ago. Ohio State might be included on this list, likely alongside Oklahoma, USC, Alabama and either Georgia, Oregon or LSU. Ohio State might be competing primarily with Oklahoma.
Milton is the No. 21 player in the 2020 class, a consensus five-star, and considered by many to be the best running back in the country. Ohio State will be in this race until the very end, and with Ryan Day and Tony Alford, they have as good a chance as any other in his top five.