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Ohio State hoops lands Kalen Etzler
Ohio State basketball’s Class of 2021 is off and running. The Buckeyes landed a commitment Sunday from Kalen Etzler, a 4-star forward from Convoy (Ohio) Crestview. Etzler is listed by 247Sports as the No. 51 player overall and No. 2 player from Ohio in the Class of 2021.
In addition to being a talented prospect, Etzler is also the nephew of Doug Etzler, who played point guard for Ohio State in the early 90s. Doug will have a more hands-on approach in Etzler’s development, as he was named Crestview’s coach on Wednesday after previously having coached at Teays Valley.
Julian Fleming announces commitment date
A decision is coming much earlier than expected for Julian Fleming, the country’s top-ranked wide receiver. The Catawissa (Pa.) Southern Columbia 5-star prospect announced on Friday night that he’s ready to make his college choice, a decision that to this point was expected to happen no earlier than summer’s end. Instead, Fleming will make his commitment on May 31.
Earlier this spring, Fleming announced a top-six schools list that included Ohio State, Clemson, Alabama, Georgia, Penn State and Oregon. But the Ducks never received a visit, and now his choice comes down to a final five schools, each one that he’s visited multiple times in the course of his now two-year long recruitment. Ohio State last hosted Fleming for a weekend in March, and he has suggested on multiple occasions that his best relationships on the recruiting trail are the ones with the Buckeyes, receivers coach Brian Hartline and head coach Ryan Day.
Lettermen Row recruiting czar Birm believes the Buckeyes are the favorites to land Fleming and is sticking with his crystal ball pick that reflects as much. For more on Ohio State recruiting, check out the weekend edition of Dotting the ‘Eyes.
Midwest recruiting battles
For years, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer preached testimony over theory as schools like Michigan and Notre Dame specifically fought to get back into the national spotlight. Meyer’s absence is at least temporarily opening a door for the Wolverines, the Fighting Irish and others to walk through. And because of that, the 2020 recruiting cycle has put those three historically great programs into a number of high-profile recruiting battles after years of Ohio State dominance.
At this stage in the process, Lettermen Row recruiting czar Birm has examined a handful of the prospects being sought by each of these Midwestern powers and provided an update on where things stand.
Ohio State men’s tennis on to Elite Eight
The Ohio State men’s tennis team earned the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and has been playing like it so far. The Buckeyes have romped through their path to the NCAA title match so far, shutting out their first weekend opponents and handling No. 16 Columbia with considerable ease.
Round of 64: OSU 4, Cleveland State 0
Round of 32: OSU 4, Vanderbilt 0
Round of 16: OSU 4, No. 16 Columbia 1
Round of 8: OSU vs. No. 9 North Carolina (May 16)
Semifinal: OSU vs. No. 4 Wake Forest or No. 5 Virginia (May 18)
NCAA final: (May 19)
- Big Ten Media Days: 67 days
- Ohio State vs. Florida Atlantic (season opener): 111 days
- Ohio State at Michigan: 202 days
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