Utes Team To Beat For Nevill

Luke Nevill, a 7-foot center from Marietta, GA the Buckeyes had previously shown interest in, may be headed to the University of Utah.

It looked as though for a period of time Ohio State was seriously involved with Marietta (GA) 7-footer Luke Nevill. Wednesday night, Bucknuts spoke with Nevill's high school coach Mike Baumgarten, and it doesn't appear Ohio State remains interested.

"I haven't heard from them in a few weeks," Baumgarten said. "I haven't really heard back from them, so I'm assuming they probably aren't much interested."

The Ohio State coaches had requested Baumgarten send them a game tape of Nevill about two or three weeks ago to further evaluate him. Baumgarten said it is becoming clear Nevill is likely to end up at Utah.

"He hasn't verbally committed yet, but I think he may be going to Utah (on a visit)," Baumgarten said. "They've done a pretty good job of recruiting him for about three or four months. A lot of schools for one reason or another have pretty much backed off, so I think that's where he's going to go."

Although Georgia also remains interested, it appears the Bulldogs have suggested Nevill first attend a year in prep school to further develop his game.

For now it seems that Nevill is off the radar as far as Ohio State's recruiting efforts are concerned. If Nevill once again becomes a priority, Bucknuts will continue to monitor the situation.

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