Thad Matta has made a name for himself as one of the best recruiters in the Midwest, if not the nation.
However, you wouldn’t have guessed it if you just looked at the 2012 recruiting class.
Largely due to the uncertainty regarding the number of available scholarships (was Jared Sullinger going to the NBA? What about Deshaun Thomas?), Matta only signed one recruit to the 2012 class. That recruit was the relatively unheralded Amedeo Della Valle, who should help Ohio State from behind the three-point line.
While Buckeye fans concentrate on the upcoming opponents for the 2012-13 season (or, more accurately, the upcoming football game on Saturday), you can bet Matta has his eye on a handful of recruits in the 2013 class.
He has already gotten in-state power forward Marc Loving to join the fold. Loving is a 4-star recruit and the 15th best power forward in his class, thanks largely to his versatility and ability to score inside and outside.
Here are seven more recruits Matta should chase for next season.
(All star rankings and scouting reports courtesy of Scout.com.)