Ohio State basketball recruiting staying active on the trail.
Whether it’s in recruiting or really any aspect, the Buckeye football program just dominates the headlines. It would be a fault to ignore the Ohio State hoops program and their efforts both on the court and on the recruiting trail. Chris Holtmann and staff have recruited very well since they took over at the helm, and while it hasn’t translated to deep runs in March yet, the Buckeyes continue to chip away and do what they can to bring in elite talent that will help rewrite the script.
OSU dishes out new offer to 2025 target
Like most staffs out there, the Buckeyes are recruiting the best talent available. For instance, 2022 and 2023 are going to receive the majority of the efforts because they’re the classes that are up next. However, sometimes coaches will look way into the future and see a player that may still be developing, but shows tons of promise and potential that is more of a sure thing than just a safe bet. On Thursday, Ohio State and the hoops staff did just that when they offered an in-state player from Canton.
Darryn Peterson, a 6-foot-4 guard was on the receiving end of the latest Ohio State hoops offer. The class of 2025 Peterson is currently only in the eighth grade, but with multiple offers to his name already, clearly age is just a number when seeing all that Peterson will be and truthfully already is. Yet to even play high school basketball, that hasn’t kept him from working with older players, as he currently plays two years up in the AAU circuit and not only handles himself, but does so in a way that big time programs are taking notice of.
An unranked player only due to his class status, it’s not hard to think that when the time comes, he will be among the best in the country regardless of position and the key for the Buckeyes is knowing he’s an in-state native and someone you’ll be able to develop a solid relationship with early on after offering this soon in the process. Holtmann and staff will be doing all they can for the next couple of years to keep the state lines around him, but chances are everyone will be after this young talent. Still, the Buckeyes recruit well enough and have the staff that can show Peterson staying home is the best option. There’s tons of time, but this is a name worth remembering.
— Wildcat Select (@wildcatselect) August 26, 2021
Unfortunate injury for 2022 receiver commit
One of the players in Ohio State’s 2022 recruiting class that has seen their stock rise the most over the last several months is receiver commit Kyion Grayes. The 6th best receiver in the class and 42nd best player nationally per 247Sports, Grayes was one time only regarded as a three-star, but since his Ohio State pledge, he’s skyrocketed up the charts and the Buckeyes are thrilled that he’s one of the key parts to another incredible haul for position coach Brian Hartline.
Unfortunately, it will be a while before Grayes can prove he’s more than worth his current ranking during his senior campaign as he dislocated his elbow in his team’s scrimmage that will have him out until week eight of the season. A devastating blow to both Kyion and his prep teammates, it’s important to note that Grayes is of course expected to make a full recovery from an injury like this and according to him, the plan is for him to do his best to come back and play this season although it will be very late in the year.
Thoughts are with Grayes and hopes for a very speedy recovery to a player who will do great things once he’s in Columbus full time.