Macklin Among OSU Power Forward Candidates

Virginia standout Vernon Macklin, listed at 6-9 and 215 pounds, earned all-star honors this past week at the Nike All-American Camp. This national top-15 talent said he is interested in Ohio State. He could be the pure power forward Ohio State needs to complete its blockbuster recruiting class. Click here for more.

Vernon Macklin, rated as the nation's No. 14 senior-to-be by, confirmed at this week's Nike All-American Camp that he is interested in Ohio State.

The 6-9, 215-pound Macklin is on the move this summer as he transfers from Portsmouth (Va.) I.C. Norcom, where he averaged 22.8 points as a junior, to prestigious Hargrave (Va.) Academy.

Some of the schools Macklin is considering include Ohio State, Georgetown, Wake Forest and North Carolina.

"I want to decide by the end of the summer," he said.

Regarding Ohio State, Macklin said, "They told me that (Greg) Oden and (Mike) Conley said they want me to be the power forward. I have played against those guys before, but I've never really met them. I'm just looking at a lot of schools right now."

Georgetown seems to be a school that has piqued Macklin's interest: "I have watched their games on TV and I've talked to their coach a lot. I like the way they play their games," he said.

And he admits that it is neat that the national championship program at North Carolina is looking at him: "I'm happy that they're interested in me."

Macklin was one of the top power forwards on display at Nike. He earned all-star recognition and had 18 points in an all-star game.

He may be the best pure power forward OSU is tracking. The Buckeyes are still after Memphis' Thaddeus Young, who at 6-8 also has perimeter skills. Canton McKinley's Raymar Morgan (who had 20 points in a Nike all-star game) and Gary (Ind.) West Side's Jamil Tucker could also be in the running for scholarship offers.

"It doesn't matter to me – the four or the five," he said. "I'll play wherever they want me to play."

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