Ohio State may have lost its first game in the 2014 NCAA tournament, but Thad Matta has been on an absolute roll off the court.
Matta landed one of the best 2014 recruiting classes in the country, brought in multiple impact transfers (Anthony Lee and Trevor Thompson) to help with the lack of big men and is off to a blazing start in the 2015 recruiting cycle.
Here are a few of the top early storylines from the Buckeyes’ recruiting trail.
Race for the Top Spot
As of Tuesday, Ohio State is sitting pretty with the No. 2 overall class in the country. Only Syracuse currently stands in the Buckeyes’ way of the top spot, although there will clearly be plenty of movement between now and national signing day.
Matta already has three 4-star prospects in tow, and he is ideally far from done with this group.
Carlton Bragg is the big name to keep an eye on as an elite power forward from the Cleveland area—especially since the three recruits Matta has consist of a point guard, shooting guard and small/power forward hybrid.
The Buckeyes need future depth at the center and power forward positions, but Kentucky, Kansas and others also have their eyes on Bragg.
If Matta can land Bragg and perhaps another game-changing prospect or two, Ohio State could end up with the top class in the country. It is a lot to ask for, but it would be a surprise at this point if the Buckeyes don’t at least end up in the top 10.
Backcourt Already in…