The return of full crowds to football games has also meant one to a normal world of college basketball recruiting.
This has led to a busy fall at Ohio State with many players from different recruiting classes making official and unofficial visits on weekends. These trips have also coincided with home football games, which has allowed potential Buckeyes to enjoy basketball workouts as well as the spectacle of college football.
Since the Buckeyes hosted Oregon at Ohio Stadium on September 11, the men’s basketball program has welcomed in roughly a dozen recruits for games. Chris Holtmann’s program has also extended a few new scholarship offers as well while trying to fill in one final piece for the 2022 class.
It’s a lot to keep up with. With 2023 guard George Washington III planning to take an unofficial visit this weekend for the Akron game, here’s the latest on what the Buckeyes have been doing in recruiting while also preparing for the looming start to the 2021-22 preseason.
Brice Sensabaugh takes official visit
The Buckeyes remain in the market for a small forward in their 2022 class. Dillon Mitchell is a five-star prospect who was playing his senior season at Montverde Academy (Florida). He seemed close to filling that gap during the summer, but he has not yet committed to Florida State. Sensabaugh, an Ohio State recruit who played AAU ball alongside Mitchell, was offered a scholarship.
Now a four star prospect, Sensabaugh is ranked No. Sensabaugh visited Ohio State last weekend to visit Tulsa. According to multiple sources, everything went smoothly for Sensabaugh. He was accompanied with his parents.
What that means for a final decision won’t be known for at least a few more days. He had visited Alabama one week before, and along with Ohio State, was part of a list that included Florida and Georgia Tech as finalists.
Chicago sophomores James Brown, Morez Johnson land offers
Sensabaugh wasn’t the only recruit in attendance for the game. James Brown and Morez Johnston, Chicago St. Rita teammates, were among the 2024 recruits who attended. Brown, a 6-8, 220-pound power forward, also has offers from Illinois and Howard. Johnson, a power forward listed as 6-8,205, also has offers from Illinois, Nebraska, and other schools.
247Sports has not yet released the 2024 class’ recruiting rankings. Both players were unofficially visiting.
Quartet of juniors including Austin Parks, Dailyn Swain visit
The Buckeyes have been active in offering Ohioans in the upcoming recruiting classes, and two of them were at the Tulsa game. Austin Parks, a center from St. Mary’s Memorial, and Dailyn Swain, a small forward from Africentric, were both at the game on unofficial visits.
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They were there alongside Pickerington Central forward Devin Royal, who has recently picked up an offer from Cleveland State to go with offers from Penn State, Dayton, Kansas State and others, and Malik Olafioye from Ecorse (Michigan) Community. Olafioye, a 6-2, 155-pound point-guard, has 17 offers from mid-major colleges and is a four star prospect ranked No. 68 nationally for the 2023 class. Royal is unranked.
Ohio State offers 2025 recruit Jerry Easter II
He hasn’t yet taken the court for Springfield (Ohio) Emmanuel Christian, but freshman point guard Jerry Easter II landed a scholarship offer from Ohio State on Thursday night.
Recruiting rankings for the 2025 class can be difficult to find. However, inthegymhoops.com ranked Easter No. In an April update, 5 national prospects were identified.