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Ohio State Buckeyes preparing for large 2018 class

With head coach Thad Matta's focus turning to in-state players, the Buckeyes are attempting to dominate the state of Ohio in recruiting.

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With an already experienced team, the Ohio State Buckeyes are preparing for a big 2018 recruiting class. After signing five players in 2016 the Buckeyes are expecting a good mix of young talent to join the team in the coming years. Five Buckeyes players are (currently) guaranteed to not be on the 2018 roster.

The Buckeyes already have one verbal commitment for 2018 with Dane Goodwin's pledge. Goodwin is a 6'4" shooting guard and is ranked as the third best player in the state of Ohio according to 247Sports. His athleticism is not off the charts, but his ability to attack the basket and his court vision are what make him a great player. Goodwin has shown no signs of decommitment and should be a solid addition for the Buckeyes in 2018.

Ohio State's most recent offer went out to 2018 guard Dwayne Cohill. Following his visit on the 15th the 2018 combo guard received his fifth scholarship offer from the most powerful school in his home state. Cohill is the top rated player from the state of Ohio in 2018 according to 247Sports. The Buckeyes join other Big Ten teams such as Penn State and Northwestern as schools who are interested in Cohill. Toledo and West Virginia have also offered Cohill, although Penn State seems to be the school recruiting Cohill the hardest so far.

This offer comes just a few weeks after the Buckeyes offered 2017 Ohio forward Kyle Young. Cohill would be a key addition for the Buckeyes and would be a huge step in their attempt to take back the state of Ohio in recruiting. As a 6'3" guard Cohill has good size and is very athletic. He was named MVP of a recent international tournament in Italy where he competed with team Ohio. He also placed second in the dunk contest, showing off his impressive vertical. Cohill is listed as a combo guard but he may be turned into a point guard due to the presence of Goodwin.

While the Buckeyes are trying to dip their foot back in the Ohio recruiting waters, they are not limiting themselves nationally. Ohio State has extended offers to top 2018 point guard Javonte Smart from Louisiana, Tim Finke from Illinois and Jaedon LeDee from Texas. In an attempt to bolster their back court Ohio State has elected to offer athletic players who also have good size. The mystery offer is 6'8" wing Giir Ring. Ring is a very under the radar prospect and has not received much national recognition.

It is yet to be seen if the Buckeyes will offer any front court players for their 2018 class. With these six players already offered scholarships, many people would be surprised if the Buckeyes signed less than five players to their 2018 class.