Kyle Young became Ohio State’s newest target as they continue to rack up offers for an All-Ohio class.
The three-star forward star from Massillon Jackson High met with Ohio State officials earlier this week and landed a huge offer from the Buckeyes.
Ohio State offered '17 Massillon Jackson F Kyle Young during an unofficial visit today.— Corey Albertson (@Corey_Albertson) May 11, 2016
Nonetheless, Ohio State cannot assume they are going to land him, considering the offers coming his way. Big Ten rival Michigan was in on Young extremely early and Michigan State contacted him earlier in the season to break the winter ice on his recruitment.
Kyle Young sits with 12 school offers at his feet for the moment with the number rising exponentially.
His breakthrough performance to attract media and school attention came at the second session of the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League. He averaged 13.7 points and 6.3 rebounds for the Shooting Stars throughout the tournament, which led to six schools offering him deals in a week.
Michigan State opened the flood gates with North Carolina State, West Virginia, Old Dominion, Florida and Northwestern following suit.
It took a while for the home state school to give him an offer, but Ohio State finally pounced on him after a few months of scouting. Led by head coach Thad Matta, their inspiring recruitment pitch certainly puts Ohio State in the thick of things for Young's services.
Kyle Young charts in at No. 148 in the nation and No. 32 amongst small forwards for the 2017 class with his rankings continuing to climb. Standing at 6 foot 7 inches, the high school forward has enough toughness and agility to play either forward position and can even stretch the defense by playing and outside wing or two-guard. His ability to shoot from outside terrifies opposing defenses as his interior game is his main strength. Throw in above average vision and basketball handles, he makes one strong potential offensive force.
The only issue for Ohio State grabbing the Ohio product is the room for him on the team. Ohio State added quite a few players in its 2016 class and still has a pretty young roster returning. As such, only two spots remain for the 2017 class. With their offer to Young, that number could be important. Ohio State still has plenty of other talent to look at including AAU teammate Markell Johnson.
Ohio State’s All-Ohio team is coming into full swing after this offer. If Young is to joins the Buckeyes in the future, he could also join key in-state prospects like Kaleb Wesson and Markell Johnson, if things go right. Plus, those players would go on top of players like David Bell, Marc Loving, and Jae'Sean Tate. There's no telling how those things will shake out, but it would certainly make Ohio State's upcoming classes intriguing.
Ohio State will grow antsy if not impatient, but Kyle Young is in no rush to decide his immediate future.