- Brad Bournival, RecruitingNation
Ohio State football had its first June camp this week, but the big commitment of the week came in basketball. As always, it was a week full of action. Here’s what went down in the last seven days:
On Sunday, the Buckeyes had their first senior advanced camp and it was dominated by underclassmen as 2015 inside linebacker Justin Hilliard, 2015 cornerback Ashton White and 2016 outside linebacker Rahshaun Smith picked up offers after camp. Poona Ford looked solid at the camp, as did Stephen Collier, Daniel Burns, Cameron Chambers and Terry McLaurin.
On Saturday, ESPN 150 defensive end Solomon Thomas confirmed he’s visiting Ohio State this week, and Bryce Dixon talked about the impact the switch from wide receiver to tight end has made in his recruiting.
On Friday, George Brown Jr. broke down his southern visits before working out for Ohio State on Sunday and 2015 quarterback Kyler Murray talked about his open recruitment in a climate that has blown up as of late for the junior. BuckeyeNation also offered a sneak peek at visitors for Sunday’s Ohio State camp. But the biggest news of the day came when ESPN 60 guard D’Angelo Russell committed to the Buckeyes on the hardwood.
On Wednesday, the biggest news of the day happened with invitations to The Opening. Dante Booker joined Parris Campbell, Kyle Trout, Dylan Thompson, Damon Webb and Kyle Berger as Buckeyes commits headed to the star-studded event. Thompson also discussed the importance of competition and why he chose Ohio State despite the fact the team is loaded across the line. Elite 11 regional winner DeShone Kizer discussed his pending trips to Alabama and LSU. Four-star wide receiver Derek Kief talked about visiting his top schools with Ohio State well out in front. Burns, who didn’t disappoint at Sunday’s camp, has the Buckeyes out in front despite not having an offer yet.
On Tuesday, junior college offensive tackle Avery Gennesy coupled an offer from Ohio State with one from Georgia. ESPN 150 defensive end Da’Shawn Hand broke down his trip to Ohio State and his weekend at the Columbus NFTC. BuckeyeNation also discussed what to do with the extra scholarship now that David Perkins has left the program.
On Monday, Booker broke down why he chose Ohio State as he sees great things happening at the linebacker position. One slipped away, however, when Kyle Allen chose Texas A&M, although saying no to the Buckeyes wasn’t easy for the ESPN 150 quarterback. Quarterback Brandon Harris broke down his Ohio State visit and 2015 defensive tackle Tim Settle did as well. Both had great things to say about their trips.