Star Big Man High On Ohio State

Could new men's basketball head coach Thad Matta reach into Florida and pull out one of the nation's top big men? Kyle Lamb caught up with 6-10 center Abdul Herrera of South Miami, Florida to find out what he thinks about Ohio State, and you should be pleasantly surprised at what Herrera said.

Some things have been extremely confusing for Abdul Herrera. Some things, however, have not. His affinity for Ohio State head basketball coach Thad Matta, apparently has not.

Bucknuts spoke with Herrera, the 6-foot-10 senior post player from Miami, Florida on Monday afternoon, and Herrera was very blunt on where he currently stood.

"As of right now, I'd say like about 90 percent sure I'm going to Ohio State," he said. "You know things can change, but I really like them a lot."

Herrera currently favors Ohio State over Miami, Georgetown, and Illinois. He also has offers from schools such as Xavier, Texas Tech, Florida, and Florida State amongst several others.

Herrera favors Ohio State so strongly much because of Matta, whom he really takes a liking to.

"Coach is really, really nice," Herrera said. "He's a great coach and everyone keeps telling me what a great guy he is. When he came to Miami as the Xavier coach to talk to my family, he was really nice to talk to. My family loved him."

Herrera, who is planning to be a business major in college, was already fond of Ohio State before Matta's arrival.

Ohio State was one of the first schools to recruit Herrera back when Jim O'Brien was still the head coach. However, after O'Brien's dismissal, things changed momentarily.

"I was very confused when I saw that (O'Brien's firing)," Herrera said. "But, when I saw who the new coach was, it didn't take long to get used to it. It really surprised me, but it was a perfect fit."

Although John Groce is now doing the recruiting of Herrera at Ohio State, Herrera has nothing he needs to know of Matta.

"I haven't actually got to speak with Coach Matta since he came to Ohio State," he said. "I've only talked to Coach Groce, but I know everything I need to know about Coach Matta."

It was widely believed that Xavier would still be tough to beat for Herrera if Ohio State wanted to obtain his services. However, Herrera indicated that he's not really seriously looking at Xavier any longer with Matta now at Ohio State.

Herrera named Ohio State his leader and said he would definitely take an official visit early in the fall. Although Ohio State is in a great position for him, he will not make any decision until after his official visits.

He was extremely excited about his upcoming trip to the Ohio State campus, however.

"I hear the city of Columbus is really a nice place," Herrera said boastfully. "That and the coaches are what I like most right now about Ohio State."

It doesn't seem like there's too much more Herrera is confused about.


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