After a long and winding search everything ended well for the Ohio State Buckeyes. On Friday morning the news was announced that Chris Holtmann will take over the Buckeye basketball program after three years as the boss at Butler.
In his time at Butler the Bulldogs entered the Big East conference and raised their recruiting profile quite a bit. For the 2017 recruiting cycle the Bulldogs brought in their highest rated class in school history. The class included four-star Ohio native Kyle Young. Young, who the Bulldogs beat Ohio State for, is a top 100 prospect and was considered a cornerstone of the Butler future.
Also Butler was able to go head to head with other Big Ten, Big East, ACC, and SEC schools and get wins on the recruiting trail which is something they had almost never done in the pre-Holtmann era.
Holtmann was also able to pull in a very impressive 2016 recruiting class which featured one of the best freshmen in the Big East in Kamar Baldwin. Baldwin came to Butler out of the state of Georgia where Holtmann and his staff were able to beat several SEC and ACC programs. Also Holtmann showed he is a tremendous evaluater with Baldwin since he didn't even start on his own AAU team.
Beyond that in the 2016 class he landed Indianapolis native Joey Brunk who was a four-star recruit over programs such as Indiana, Oklahoma, Xavier, and Purdue.
Overall Holtmann has proven to be a very effective recruiter. He really only had two full recruiting classes as head coach at Butler, and he was able to strike gold in both once he was officially named as the boss of the program following the exit of former head coach Brandon Miller.
Holtmann and his staff are "grinder" types on the recruiting trail. They really work and get after it, and do a good job of evaluating not only talent, but personality fits for them as well. There is a firm belief that they want a player who fits both ability wise and personality wise in order to be successful.
Who will Holtmann bring with him from Indianapolis to Columbus is uncertain, but no matter what Holtmann should hit the ground running as he already has built relationships with many of who will be the best prospects in the 2018 class that are sure to be on the Ohio State radar.