OSU Coaches Checking Out Weatherspoon

With the loss of Cameron Wright as part of the class of 2010, the Ohio State coaching staff is looking for a replacement. As it turns out, they might not have to look too far, as the Buckeyes made a trip to Columbus Northland this week to check up on J.D. Weatherspoon.

Cameron Wright's disappointment might turn into J.D. Weatherspoon's joy.

One day after Wright informed the Ohio State coaching staff that he was reopening his recruitment after having been a verbal member of the school's 2010 recruiting class for more than a year and a half due to an alleged lack of interest shown by the Buckeyes, Weatherspoon had the OSU coaching staff checking up on him at his high school.

"They have not offered, but they've got transcripts and they were in the building (Wednesday) meeting with me and getting his transcripts and his projections of qualifying," Columbus Northland head coach Satch Sullinger told BuckeyeSports.com. "J.D. is in good shape."

Rated by Scout.com as a three-star power forward, Weatherspoon issued a verbal commitment to Xavier in November. At the time, OSU was also recruiting him but there was one key difference between the two schools: the Musketeers had offered him a scholarship.

Weatherspoon has since de-committed from Xavier, and now Sullinger said he is excited about appearing on OSU's radar thanks to several ties he has to the program.

"What I think it is is he was born and raised here in Columbus and it's hard to grow up in Columbus and not have some love for the Buckeyes," the coach said. "Then he's been playing with Jordan Sibert and Jared (Sullinger) in AAU and there's that connection. They really want him to come there. You've got all those things. I'm quite sure Ohio State is on his short list."

Weatherspoon has landed a scholarship offer from Maryland and has seen coaches from Ohio, Dayton and Wisconsin visit his school during the last week. He also holds offers from Purdue and Bowling Green.

The 6-6, 190-pound Weatherspoon helped lead Northland to a state championship alongside Jared Sullinger. Also a member of the All-Ohio Red AAU team, Weatherspoon was described by his high school coach as a player who is just starting to grasp his potential.

"He's growing every day," Sullinger said. "It's just the tip of the iceberg. J.D. knows how to play well with the basketball and when he learns how to play without the ball and take his athleticism and turn some of his defense into offense, he's just going to be a multi-dimensional player. His upside is so high."

In addition, Sullinger pointed out that Weatherspoon is 16 years old. That means he is still growing, and as such Sullinger said he could project to either a small or power forward spot in college.

The question now is whether or not the OSU coaching staff will come forward with a scholarship offer. Sullinger seems to think it will happen at some point.

Asked if he feels an offer will come for Weatherspoon, Sullinger said, "Yes, I do. I sense it."

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