Getting such a late start in recruiting the class of 2005 for Ohio State, Thad Matta has had to look far and wide for prospects that might fit into his plans for the Buckeye basketball team.
He might have found one right under his nose.
Bucknuts spoke with 6-10 senior Kyle Madsen from Dublin Coffman on Wednesday afternoon, and Madsen informed us he will be going over to the campus next week to take a look around.
"I'm going to be visiting sometime next week," he said. "He told me to call him when my family made a decision as to what day."
The visit, at least for now, appears to be of the unofficial variety.
Madsen said that newly appointed assistant coach Dan Peters, who left the University of Cincinnati, has been doing the recruiting of Madsen since he arrived at Ohio State.
Peters was also in charge of recruiting Madsen when he was still a coach for UC. In fact, Madsen was on a visit to Cincinnati the day Bob Huggins was charged with a D.U.I.
In spite of the circumstances, Madsen was impressed with his trip.
"It was pretty nice," he said of the trip to the Queen City. "I have gotten to know Coach Peters pretty well in a short time, so it's kind of nice he's at Ohio State."
He said that Matta's staff had just begun to recruit him right before they left Xavier.
"Coach Groce had given me a call a couple of weeks before they left for Ohio State," Madsen said. "So I've at least talked to them a few times."
Madsen lists Ohio State, Purdue, Miami (OH), Ohio University, Kent State, Dayton, and Cincinnati as teams he's currently interested in.
He already has offers from several Mid-American Conference teams, and offers could have been forthcoming at UC or Xavier before the coaching change.
The coaching shuffle has Madsen waiting patiently for things to unfold, but the recent moves might work out just perfectly if Ohio State offers a scholarship.
"My parents both went to OSU," he said. "My cousin is also a former Ohio State football player. So I guess you could say I'm an Ohio State boy."
Madsen's cousin is former Ohio State receiver Darik Warnke, who played in the late 1990's for John Cooper.
As far as national attention goes, Madsen is still an unknown commodity. His AAU team, the Columbus Basketball Club didn't make it to very many national tournaments.
He is technically a post player, but is also capable of playing the power forward. He's a very strong shooter who can step outside, and he runs the floor really well.
The only remaining knock on him right now is that he needs to add some strength to be an effective inside presence at the college level.
Although an Ohio State offer might be too rich to pass up, Madsen doesn't want to make a knee-jerk reaction.
"I'd have to think about it," he said of the hypothetical offer. "I'll probably take my time and think things through while talking it over with my family. But it definitely would be something to consider."
As Madsen continues the process, Matta will continue to search for other
worthwhile prospects. That is of course, until another pops up right below.