The Ohio State Buckeyes are hot. How hot? Hot enough to venture down south into the A-T-L area and score a big time commitment from a top 2010 prospect.
Trae Golden, a 6-foot-1 point guard out of McEachern High is headed to play for the Buckeyes. "I committed to Ohio State a couple of hours ago," Golden said. "I called Coach Matta and he was going to call the rest of the coaches. My family is real excited."
"It was definitely the coaching staff," Golden said. "I had an unmatchable bond with them. I walked around the campus and got a feel for the fans, the students … I could have done it at any other school but Ohio State felt like a special place for me."
The Buckeyes, who should have at least 3 2010 pledges by mid-week, are making short work of the current sophomore class. Of course they're using the successes of Greg Oden, Mike Conley and Daquan Cook to sell their program and rightfully so. Beating the national runner-ups for players isn't getting any easier these days.
The Big Ten champs told Golden he was a near perfect fit for their style of play. "The way they play they're spread out and the point guard has the ball in his hands a lot. They want me to trigger their offense. I play perfect for what they do and it matches the style of play that I like. They recruit the best players. They said it was perfect for me to come in."
Scout.com's No. 9 prospect in the Class of 2010 averaged 18 points and shot 60% from the field and 50% from downtown as a freshman.
"(Coach Matta) said he was sitting in the exact same spot that he was when Greg Oden and Mike Conley committed to him. He's excited about coaching me."
Ohio State is expected to add Cameron Wright and pair him with Jared Sullinger in the next few days taking their haul to three prospects in the Class of 2010. Two of the three committed prospects are members of the Scout.com Top 10.