Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, much of the talk surrounding Ohio State sports has been about Ryan Day and the football team’s success in virtually recruiting. However, the success isn’t stopping on the gridiron.
The basketball Buckeyes have had a successful early off-season when it comes to securing new talent. Unfortunately, the team does seem to be having issues keeping said talent in Columbus, though it does seem the cases are isolated incidents.
Bringing in three transfers in one off-season is an impressive feat, but now that next year’s roster appears to be solidified, Buckeye head coach Chris Holtmann is wasting no time in shifting focus to building for the future.
On Monday, the program offered one of the nation’s top talents in the 2022 recruiting class.
Four-star small forward Prince Aligbe (Minneapolis, MN/Minnehaha Academy) took to Twitter to announce his Ohio State scholarship following a phone call with Coach Holtmann. The Buckeyes are the 12th reported team to offer Aligbe, joining the likes of UCLA, Arkansas, Florida, Tennessee, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota and a handful of others.
The Buckeyes are yet to secure a commitment in their 2022 recruiting class, as Aligbe is just the second 2022 prospect to receive an offer from the team. Though, they do have two of the nation’s best verbally committed to join the program in the 2021 class, good for the No. 6 class in the country.
Aligbe is the No. 16 SF in the 247Sports Composite Rankings and is the No. 58 overall prospect, despite position.
- Four-star CB Jamier Johnson dropped his top seven on Twitter on Monday night, with Ohio State making the cut alongside Arizona State, Colorado, Nebraska, Oregon, Texas and USC. The 2021 defensive back out of Pasadena, CA is the No. 21 player at his position and the No. 281 player overall in the class. With four DBs already committed in the class, the Buckeyes are looked to further solidify their secondary moving forward.
- Four-star CB Jaylin Davies spoke with Rivals recently on his top schools. Davies included the Buckeyes in his short list last month, and when speaking with Rivals, he mentioned why Ohio State made his top schools. Davies said he is in constant communication with the coaching staff and that top players, such as Jeff Okudah, prove the coaching staff’s success at developing the position.