Holtmann Lands First 2018 Recruit

By Jeff Rapp, July 14th, 2017

Chris Holtmann officially is on a roll. The new Ohio State men’s basketball coach has dealt with turnover of the coaching staff and the roster since coming aboard in June but is settling matters down now by continuing to find talented players who want to be Buckeyes.

He got that train back into forward when he convinced Butler signee Kyle Young, a 6-9 forward from Massillon (Ohio) Jackson, to join him at OSU. Butler’s administration graciously allowed Jackson out of his agreement so he wouldn’t have to sit out a season at Ohio State, which certainly brightened the immediate outlook.

Soon after, Holtmann drew a commitment from 6-5 wing Musa Jallow of Bloomington, Ind., and Jallow even agreed to reclassify so that he also could be eligible to join the program immediately.

The momentum continued – and the future brightened – when well-rated 6-4, 175-pound guard Torrence Watson of St. Louis committed to OSU. Watson, like Jallow, is a four-star recruit. There were reports that he also may reclassify, but a source close to the program said that is not the case, that Watson instead will graduate next year and join the Buckeyes in time for the 2018-19 season.

According to the 247 Sports Composite, Watson ranks No. 100 overall among 2018 prospects and is the nation’s No. 23 shooting guard. He ranks third among Missouri recruits in his class.