According to a post on his Twitter account, 2018 prospect Torrence Watson has committed to the Ohio State Buckeyes. This is big news for new head coach Chris Holtmann as he attempts to move forward in Columbus.
Watson comes out of St. Louis and is rated as a four-star prospect and the No. 100 player in the nation by 247Sports. He is also listed at 6-foot-5 and 175 pounds and is the No. 3 player in Missouri according to Prep Hoops.
After a series of decommitments in recent months, Watson now becomes the lone commitment currently in Ohio State’s 2018 recruiting class. Obviously, given those decommitments, this is exciting news for Buckeye fans. He should be the start of a nice class for Ohio State, especially considering that the program still has five open scholarships for the 2018 cycle.
Along with Ohio State, Watson had offers from Butler, Creighton, DePaul, Iowa State, Marquette, Missouri, and UNLV among others. He wasn’t a blueblood prospect, but he had plenty of hype on the recruiting trail. Holtmann will now have to hope that his commitment builds momentum for the program going forward.
Given that there are still five spots open for the 2018 recruiting class, it’s hard to project where Watson might fit in Columbus. However, given that Kam Williams is set to graduate after this season, Watson will likely compete for a starting role as a freshman. That should certainly help the program transition from Thad Matta’s players into Holtmann’s new prospects.
There’s no telling what Watson can do once he arrives in Columbus, but fans have to be excited about what Holtmann has done early for the Buckeyes.