Buckeyes Hot Run Continues

Things at Ohio State, aside from a wrist injury to Greg Oden, are quite promising these days. Commitments to the Buckeyes pour in steady as a stream.

On Monday night, another big timer cast his lot with Thad Matta's Ohio State program. William Buford, a stud recruit from in-state out of Libbey, picked the Buckeyes over a host of programs including Xavier and Kentucky.

"He committed Sunday evening," said Buford Sr. "I didn't get to talk to Thad Matta or (assistant) John Groce, but William talked to them and Matta said, ‘You made me the happiest guy in Columbus.' "

Buford, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard, is ranked as Scout.com's No. 11 prospect. His commitment cranks up the number of national level pledges from the Class of 2008 to 35. He's not the first junior to pledge to the Buckeyes.

Matta's crew has been patiently sitting on a verbal from B.J. Mullens, another in-state prospects. Mullens is also in the Scout.com Top 25; he's a center. They also have a pledge from Walter Offutt, a combo guard out of Indianapolis.

All these commitments got us thinking? How good has Ohio State been on the recruiting trail? Since 2005, 11 of the Buckeyes 12 high school commitments have come from Top 100 caliber players (including 2008 kids). Of the 11, one of them was the consensus No. 1 prospect in America and no less than 6 of the 11 are considered to be Top 25 caliber prospects.

Consider this: from 2000-2004, the 4 programs who signed the most Top 10 players all won national championships. As the Buckeyes continue to acquire this kind of talent, expectations will rise steadily.

Last year Ohio State's class ranked No. 2 nationally. They are pace for another Top 10 class in 2007 and of course 2008 already looks strong.


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