David Lighty Off the Board

David Lighty might be on the mend, but that doesn't mean he hasn't been getting things done. In fact, the recruitment of one of the most highly sought after wings in America is now over.

This story originally published on ScoutHoops.com

David Lighty sped up his recruitment when he tore his ACL in the playoffs. Now it’s over.

According to sources close to the situation, the 6-foot-4 ½, 200-pound junior wing at Villa Angela St. Joseph (Ohio) has committed to Ohio State and will make the official announcement on Monday at an afternoon news conference.

``He called coaches last night and said he was going to play at Ohio State,” one source said.

Tim Hewitt, Lighty’s coach with the Cleveland Titans, confirmed the commitment.

``I think it’s a great fit for him,” Hewitt said. “It’s only about 2 ½ hours door to door. It’s also a great fit for Ohio State. Thad Matta and his staff did a great job.”

``David is a blender,” added Hewitt. “He’s the perfect piece to a puzzle with Cook, who is more offensive-minded. David makes everyone better and in cruch time, that’s when you really see him step up.”

Lighty will join another elite in-state player, Daequan Cook, as guys who have already committed to the Buckeyes in the Class of 2006. Matta & Co. are also heavily in the mix for the nation’s top-ranked player, Greg Oden, and point guard Mike Conley.

Lighty recently trimmed his list to the Buckeyes and Michigan after eliminating Syracuse, Arizona, Florida and Michigan State.

Lighty, also a standout football player who opted to give up life on the gridiron, averaged 24.5 points, 11.8 rebounds and 6 assists this past season.

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