Buckeyes meet with Nebraska forward
If you’re a college coach for any sport, COVID-19 has put a damper on things when it comes to recruiting. That’s definitely the case for Ohio State. Having to find new ways to pitch your program to highly sought after recruits, the Buckeyes have pushed forward and are well on their way to putting together another top-tier class of future ball players.
Already holding a verbal pledge from 2022 three-star Cincinnati Princeton shooting guard Bowen Hardman, the Buckeyes are aggressively looking to add to it’s class.
After recently having numerous virtual meetings with top notch recruits such as point guard Avery Brown, Chris Holtmann and the Ohio State basketball Buckeyes reportedly touched base with another four-star rated class of 2022 prospect on Tuesday. Getting a chance to know each other better, Holtmann and crew met up virtually with Grand Island Senior School (NE) power forward Isaac Traudt, per Jake Weingarten of Stock Risers.
Ohio State’s Chris Holtmann and his staff will virtually meet with Top-60 junior Isaac Traudt today, he told @Stockrisers.— Jake (@jakeweingarten) October 27, 2020
He went in-depth on his recruitment this past weekend, including pitches from Creighton, Louisville, Oregon, and Mizzou.https://t.co/vG09xhYPts
Traudt, the No. 10 power forward, and 55th overall prospect in the class of 2022, according to the latest 247Sports Composite Rankings, isn’t just now popping up on the Buckeyes radar. Earning his offer from the Ohio State staff in late August, he now holds offers from the likes of not just OSU, but also big time programs like Georgetown, Louisville, Marquette, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Oregon, and Wisconsin to name a few off his growing list of potential landing spots.
Putting together a more than solid campaign at Grand Island, the 6-foot-9, 205-pounder shined on the court during his first season seeing significant varsity playing time. Helping the Islanders finish the year off with 18 wins, Traudt, the second leading scorer on the team, accounted for nearly 17 points and six rebounds per contest as a sophomore for head coach Jeremiah Slough.
Don’t believe all the coaches after him? Want to see Isaac Tradut in action for yourself? Check out these highlights of the now junior suiting up last season as a sophomore:
On Sunday, Ohio State’s 2022 commits began teasing an upcoming addition to the Buckeyes’ junior class. On Tuesday night, they were once again telling OSU fans to prepare for something big to come, as it appears there are potentially multiple commits in store for Ryan Day sometime in the near future.
ahh i finally get to say it . Who’s ready for another Boom!!— Dasan Mccullough ¹✊ (@Dasan2022) October 28, 2020
There is a ton of speculation as to who is the next in line to commit to Ohio State, but there isn’t any concrete evidence right now to pin someone down specifically. Perhaps the best lead we have is a recent Crystal Ball pick for five-star WR Caleb Burton.
Burton, the No. 10 player in the 2022 class and the No. 1 wide receiver, would be quite the haul for Brian Hartline. The Buckeyes have created an impressive pipeline for Texas wide receivers to Columbus, most recently snagging both Garrett Wilson and Jaxon Smith-Njigba from the Lone Star state. With Emeka Egbuka still seemingly an Ohio State lean, Hartline would have a chance to pull in the No. 1 WR in three-straight classes.
Some other notable 2022 recruits interacting with OSU commits on Twitter during Tuesday night’s frenzy of tweets include five-star CBs Domani Jackson and Will Johnson, four-star athlete Dillon Tatum, four-star RB Damari Alston, and four-star safety Xavier Nwankpa. Obviously any of these guys would be huge gets in what has been a hot start recruiting the junior class.