Crater Fills Hole On Big Ten Roster

The entire country enjoyed the Ohio State - Michigan game. Apparently some more than others as one of the nation's elite point guards couldn't resist the lure of the Buckeyes.

Thad Matta decided last April who his favorite 2008 point guard was. While at the LeBron James Shooting Stars Classic, Matta stood front and center for a game pitting two AAU rivals against each other.

The Family and the Michigan Hurricanes, two teams laced with 2007 talent were battling it out. Matta wasn't focused on the seniors-to-be; rather it was an underclassman point guard that had his attention.

Anthony Crater emerged from that event last April as one of the elite point guard talents in the Class of 2008. More importantly, from an Ohio State perspective, he became the focal point of Matta's 2008 point guard desires. It wasn't OSU's first time seeing Crater but the performance widened the chasm between he on their other guard targets.

Crater visited Ohio Sate for the Michigan football game and Buckeyes hoops weekend. He, along with 15 other prospects, were in attendance as the No. 1 Buckeyes downed Michigan. Apparently, Crater was sold.

Word trickled out on Monday that Crater took OSU's scholarship offer. Crater himself confirmed the news to Scout.com.

The Flint (Mich.) Southwestern Academy comes highly regarded. He's ranked by Scout.com as the No. 21 player in the class and is presently holding down the No. 3 point guard slot.

Matt's group now owns four commitments from the Class of 2008. William Buford, a member of the Top 25 is on board. So is center B.J. Mullens, another Top 25 product, and Walter Offutt a combo guard. Matt's group has one schollie left and guys like Delvon Roe, Yancy Gates, Luke Babbitt and Devin Ebanks are among the contenders for the spot.

The bottom line is for all the football success OSU is experiencing these days, the Buckeyes are staring down the barrel of their 3rd Top 10 recruiting class of the last three seasons.

Not too shabby for a football school (by the way, they used to say that about Florida too!).


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