New Ohio State basketball coach Chris Holtmann is still looking for his first commitment to his 2018 recruiting class. Upper Arlington star Dane Goodwin, who had previously been committed to the Buckeyes, announced Wednesday night that he was headed to Notre Dame.
Goodwin, who is one of the top 100 recruits nationally according to rankings from 24-7 sports, reopened his recruitment last month after Ohio State fired Thad Matta but he was still considering the Buckeyes. In fact Goodwin made an official visit to OSU, meeting with Holtmann and the new staff last week. It wasn't enough however to bring him all the way back to the Buckeyes, who continue to try to keep top Ohio talent in state.
With Goodwin headed to Notre Dame, it means the three committed 2018 players among the top five rated prospects in the state are all headed elsewhere. In the last eight days, top-rated Darius Bazley of Cincinnati, also a former Buckeye commitment, announced for Syracuse and No. 2 Pete Nance from Richfield, chose Northwestern. With Goodwin, No. 4 in the state, going to Notre Dame, it leaves guard Dwayne Cohill (ranked No. 3) of Cleveland and Jerome Hunter of Pickerington (No. 5) as the two main Buckeye in-state targets. Both players remain uncommitted.
Steve Helwagen of Bucknuts.com and 24-7 sports talked about the impact the Goodwin decision had on Ohio State, other possible recruits and the future of Buckeye basketball on sister station 105.7, the Zone Thursday morning. You can listen to our interview with Steve with this link. (Click here for Steve Helwagen on 105.7, the Zone)