Walter Offut Makes Early Pledge

This comes from the "In case you missed it" department. Ohio State got another commitment earlier this month - from a 2008 guard.

It happened a few weeks back and barely registered a blip on the recruiting scene. Maybe it's because few have actually seen Walter Offutt play – or maybe it's because his commitment to Ohio State was overshadowed by a 2006 recruiting class that includes Greg Oden, Mike Conley, Daequan Cook and David Lighty.

Offutt is a 6-foot-3, 170-pound combo guard coming off a freshman season at Warren Central (Ind.) in which he averaged 10 points, three rebounds and four assists per game. He tore his ACL this past June and will be out of action until after the New Year.

``He's very athletic," Warren Central coach Scott Heady said. "He's not a pure point guard, but he can play the point or the off-guard spot. He's very good at slashing to the basket and is a very good defender. He really competes."

``I've been coaching for 13 years and from a competitive standpoint, he's as good as I've ever had," added Heady.

Offutt also received interest from the likes of Purdue, Illinois, Indiana, Notre Dame and Iowa.

``I knew when I was little that Ohio State was the right place for me," Offutt said. I've known Thad (Matta) since I was little."

Offutt recently turned 16 and took an official visit to Ohio State a few weeks back and decided he didn't need to go any further with his recruitment.

``I had my mind made up before I went down there," he added. "I went down for the visit mainly for my mom and so she could see how she likes it."

``People are trying to say I'm too young," Offutt continued. "But I don't worry about it. I know Ohio State is the right place for me."

Offutt joins B.J. Mullens from World Harvest Prep (Ohio) as sophomores who have already committed to Thad Matta and the Buckeyes.

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