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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, 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.