Several Recruits Speak In Springboro

The talent was out in full force at the Springboro Scrimmage Fest. Kyle Lamb caught up with some of them for the latest on their recruiting and today brings us updates on Raymar Morgan of Canton McKinley, Aaron Pogue of Dayton Dunbar, Josh Chichester of West Chester Lakota West, and Jamar Howard of Cincinnati Western Hills.

With at least a half a dozen current or potential Ohio State recruits in attendance at the Springboro Scrimmage Fest on Saturday at Springboro High School, Bucknuts seized the opportunity to speak with a few of them.

Here's what they had to say.

Raymar Morgan, 6-7 WF Canton McKinley

Morgan, who visited Ohio State back in October, talked a lot about his visit and how it gave him a chance to hang out with the players and the coaches.

He categorized the seriousness in which Ohio State is recruiting him.

"I would say it's pretty serious," Morgan said.

Morgan also gave a current list.

"Michigan State, Arizona, U-Conn, Syracuse, and teams like that," Morgan said in addition to liking Ohio State.

When asked if proximity would play a part in his decision, he didn't seem too certain it would play a factor, although there seems to be a lot of hashing out for Morgan.

"I'm not really sure," Morgan said. "I guess I still have to decide."

The Spartans appear to be the early favorites for Morgan. He admitted a lot of early interest in them growing up.

"Yeah, a little bit actually," Morgan said of growing up as somewhat of a Michigan State fan.

The next step for Morgan will be to go back to Michigan State and Ohio State, amongst others, to watch games during the season.

Aaron Pogue, 6-8 PF Dayton Dunbar

For the past year, Pogue has shown a lot of interest in Ohio State. Recently, however, he's also shown a lot of interest in Cincinnati, and Ohio State hasn't exactly returned the interest under Thad Matta.

"Yeah, I like Cincinnati right now," Pogue said. "We have got to talk to the coaches quite a bit lately."

Besides Cincinnati, Pogue mentioned Arizona and Florida State as two schools showing him a lot of interest.

Ohio State was one of those teams doing the same under Jim O'Brien, but since Matta has arrived, Pogue hasn't seen Ohio State nearly as much.

Pogue said he feels like the new staff is feeling him out, which is somewhat frustrating for him to deal with.

"Basically, I've got to play to impress their staff again," Pogue said. "I do feel like I've got to reintroduce myself to Ohio State."

Pogue sees a lot of interest in his friend, Daequan Cook, with Ohio State, and he would love to follow Cook to a place like Ohio State if he could. But for now, that cannot happen unless the same schools recruit him.

"If it were the right situation, sure, I'd love to go with Daequan (to college)," Pogue added. "But to do that, the same schools would have to be interested in me."

Josh Chichester, 6-8 PF West Chester Lakota West

Chichester mentioned just four schools that he's hearing from, in which he shares mutual interest right now.

"Mostly Notre Dame, Wake Forest, Ohio State, and Xavier," Chichester said. "I'm nowhere near deciding yet."

This fall, Chichester was able to visit Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Xavier unofficially. He also has plans to visit Xavier's season opener against Oakland University this week.

He hopes to check out all four schools at least once this season in person.

Junior Jamar Howard, a 6-4 guard from Western Hills mentioned Cleveland State and Xavier as two teams showing a lot of interest so far.

We will be sure to keep you abreast of all the latest happenings with each of these players.

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