Just six weeks ago, the Basketball Buckeyes had three highly touted in-state players committed to its 2018 recruiting class. Now they have none.
Upper Arlington guard Dane Goodwin, who committed to former coach Thad Matta when he was a high school freshman in 2014, announced Wednesday that he is re-opening his recruitment.
'18 Upper Arlington SG Dane Goodwin has opened his recruitment and decommitted from Ohio State. He will still consider OSU, however.— Zach Fleer (@ZachFleer270) June 21, 2017
The talent in Ohio's 2018 class is considered to be the best its been in several years and Goodwin is part of the reason. If you believe the 24-7 Sports recruiting rankings, Goodwin is one of four players in the state ranked among the top 75 prospects nationally. The 6'4 guard had remained committed to OSU after Matta's firing on June 5, but joins another in-state prospect, forward Justin Ahrens of Versailles as players in Matta's recruit class who re-opened their recruitment since new coach Chris Holtmann took over.
Before Matta was fired, the state's top player, forward Darius Bazley from Cincinnati, de-committed from Ohio State.
It's far from a crisis right now for Holtmann and his staff though. The new Buckeye coach has a five scholarships to work with as the all important July recruiting period approaches. All three of the previously committed players have not ruled out Ohio State. Holtmann is also recruiting Pickerington North forward Jerome Hunter,