Thad Matta has been busy this offseason putting the finishing touches on one of the best 2014 recruiting classes in the country. However, he and the rest of the Buckeyes coaching staff desperately want to add another big man, and it seems like they are on the outside looking in on many options.
Harkening back to the lack of interior depth already mentioned, Amir Williams and Trey McDonald will both be seniors in 2014. Furthermore, recruit Dave Bell is seen as more of a long-term project that could reap benefits down the road, but there is a gaping need for another big man in this class.
Ohio State is considered a player in the Jahlil Okafor, Myles Turner, Elbert Robinson, Goodluck Okonoboh and Payton Dastrup sweepstakes, but the Scarlet and Gray are fighting uphill battles against some of the best programs in the nation.
Many think Okafor will end up at Duke, Turner is high on Kansas, and the Buckeyes were a little late to the party for Okonoboh and Dastrup. Robinson may be Matta’s best chance, but Louisville and Georgetown are pursuing his services as well.
It would be a very disappointing finish to an impressive recruiting effort if Matta can’t land another big man for 2014.
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