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Ohio State makes the cut for 4 top-notch prospects

Chris Holtmann and the Buckeyes are still in the mix for a pair of the top recruits in the class of 2020.

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While you were out enjoying the beautiful weather over the weekend you probably missed out on some of the latest news surrounding the recruiting efforts of your Ohio State Buckeyes.

Don’t worry! Land-Grant Holy Land is here to save the day!

Williams names leaders

Ryan Day and the football Buckeyes aren’t the only Ohio State program catching the attention of some serious talent on the recruiting trail. So is Chris Holtmann and the basketball squad.

On Saturday one of the most sought after big men from the class of 2020 announced his current leader list. Cutting this down to seven, four-star center Mark Williams is still considering taking his talents to either Ohio State, Georgetown, Stanford, Duke, UCLA, North Carolina State or Virginia Tech.

Standing 7-feet tall, Williams is threat down low. Playing last season at Norfolk Academy (VA) before transferring to IMG Academy (FL) this summer, he averaged nearly 20 points, and 12 rebounds a contest last season as a junior.

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Johnson down to seven

Mark Williams wasn’t the only four-star prospect from the class of 2020 to drop his top seven over the weekend. Also letting the world know his current list of college leaders was Donovan “Puff” Johnson.

With around 20 full rides on the table, the 6-foot-7 standout is looking more into the likes of OSU, Arizona, Louisville, Miami, North Carolina, Notre Dame and Pittsburgh before making his final decision on a school.

Like Williams, Johnson, the 13th small forward and 49th overall class of 2020 prospect in the country, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings, is a stat sheet stuffer. A key player on the court for Moon Area (PA) as a junior, Puff, the brother of former North Carolina turned Phoenix Suns forward Cam Johnson, accounted for 22 points, and nine rebounds a contest to help place Moon Area to a PIAA title.

Ware names his top 5...

Six-foot-9 power forward Lance Ware (Burlington, NJ / Camden) released his top-5 school list in a snazzy video. In addition to the OSU, Michigan, Kentucky, Providence and Miami (FL) are in the mix.

A member of the 2020 class, Ware is considered the No. 7 PF and No. 2 overall prospect in New Jersey, according to the 247Sports Composite.

Official visits are on the horizon for Ware, who will be seeing what OSU has to offer on Aug. 30. After the Columbus visit, the following month includes trips to Michigan, Providence and Miami.

...as does Coleman

Speaking of top-5 and snazzy videos, Sunday also brought the top-5 announcement from Henry Coleman. A fellow PF in the ‘20 recruiting cycle, the 6-foot-6 star from Richmond, Va., put NC State, Duke, Michigan and Virginia Tech in the mix with Ohio State.

Of the six early 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions, all of them are trending toward the Blue Devils. Duke made an offer to Coleman in July, as did Michigan; both those schools are in the final five, so recent teams seem to be trending upward.

There’s still plenty of time for Holtmann and the Bucks to make a move here. Get him on campus — especially after another school — and they may find themselves moving up the list.

According to the Composite, Coleman is the No. 6 PF (one spot above Ware) in the class. Additionally, he’s the No. 39 overall prospect in the class and No. 4 overall prospect in Virginia.