Thad Matta and his staff have been hard at work gathering recruits for the 2014 class and appear to be on a roll. This week they have landed two of the top 50 prospects in national recruiting circles.
Keita Bates-Diop: 6′-7″ 190lbs SF/PF from University High School in Illinois (near Chicago). Scout.com ranks him as the nation 7th best power forward and awards him 4 stars in their recruiting analysis.He is listed in the top 30 overall collectively on all the major recruiting sites. He chose Ohio State over TTUN, Purdue, Louisville, Wisconsin and Illinois amongst others.
Jae’Sean Tate: 6′-5″ 190lbs SF from Pickerington Central High School. Scout.com ranks him as the nations 14th best small forward and awards him 4 stars in their recruiting analysis. He is listed in the top 50 overall collectively on all the major recruiting sites and is considered by most to be the number 1 junior in all of Ohio. He selected Ohio State over offers from TTUN, Purdue, West Virginia and Xavier.
As Hate Week rolls on, don’t forget the men’s hoops team will be back in action Friday at 6:00 against UMKC. The Ohio State senior football players and Urban Meyer will be recognized at halftime.
This week, there’s only one song that will suffice for Buckeye Nation. Enjoy!
The “reveal” was a part of the Beat Blue rally in the Student Union on Monday night, and saw former Ohio State running back Raymont Harris taking the catwalk at the party. The biggest question is about the Buckeye leafs awards on the helmet- the jersey will have seven of them to commemorate the seven national titles, but it’s unlikely that the awards the players have won this season will make the helmet. That being said, the official Nike blog has a Buckeye sticker on the helmet, so there may be something in the works.
My take: I like these the most of the ones we’ve seen, although I wish they’d stop screwing around with the gear for Mich1gAAn week. But, the students like them, as do all of the recruits who will be in attendance... and that’s the target demographic.
“You’re taught at a very young age who the enemy is, but you have a lot respect for the enemy.”
He spoke fondly about this year’s senior class, and how he’s been impressed that they stuck around once the bowl ban was announced. He talked about the need to be ready for both Denard and Devin at quarterback on Saturday, and that there was more than likely a chance for something “interesting” to happen. On his own quarterback, Coach Meyer talks to him daily and reminds him that the goal is to be a QB that can run rather than a running back who throws the ball. “It’s a big week in Columbus Ohio”