Ohio State football recruiting has been kind of quiet as of late, but the basketball team has been all over the headlines. Chris Holtmann has been putting in the work behind the scenes, and as a result have a chance at adding a four-star guard to its 2021 class later this week.
Kobe Bufkin, the nation’s No. 15 shooting guard and No. 78 overall recruit in the country according to the 247Sports Composite, announced via Twitter on Tuesday that he would be making his college decision this Friday, July 10. The Grand Rapids, MI native will be choosing one of his top five schools, which includes Ohio State alongside DePaul, LSU, Michigan and Michigan State.
Bufkin is the No. 3 player in Michigan, and it would be a surprise to nobody if he were to choose the Wolverines as his college destination. All nine Crystal Ball predictions are in favor of UM, with all of these CBs coming within the last two days and an overall confidence rating of seven. However, while it seems pretty locked up for Juwan Howard to bring Bufkin to Ann Arbor, it is worth noting that Ohio State only sent him an offer at the end of June and still was able to make his top five.
The 6-foot-4 guard was named to the Detroit News DII All-State First Team after averaging 22 points, five rebounds and four assists for Grand Rapids Christian this past season before COVID-19 cut the team’s postseason short. He earned Michigan Associated Press All-State and Grand Rapids Dream Team honors in each of the past two years.
It seems pretty unlikely that Ohio State becomes the landing spot for Bufkin this Friday, but stranger things have certainly happened. The Buckeyes 2021 class currently ranks No. 9 in the country, holding commitments from four-star combo guard Meechie Johnson and four-star PF Kalen Etzler. Holtmann would certainly like to add at least one more guy to his top-10 class, and we will have to wait and see if Bufkin becomes one of those additions.
- On Tuesday, Bill Kurelic of Bucknuts broke down Ohio State football’s top targets in the 2022 class by position. Ryan Day will likely be looking for two tight ends in the next cycle, and Kurelic lists four-star TEs Donovan Green and Benji Gosnell at the top of the recruiting board. Linebacker will be another position to look for in 2022, with four-star Ohio LB Gabe Powers the most likely candidate to join the already committed C.J. Hicks in the class. Check out Kurelic’s piece for the full position-by-position breakdown.