Ohio State and Chris Holtmann have turned in their best week on the recruiting trail since Holtmann joined the program. On Friday night, Luther Muhammad became the third recruit to commit to the Buckeyes this week.
Muhammad, a 4-star shooting guard from Jersey City (N.J.) Hudson Catholic, announced his commitment on Twitter.
— Luther Muhammad (@LutherMuhammad) September 23, 2017
He joins 4-star small forward Jaedon LeDee, who committed on Tuesday, and 3-star point guard Duane Washington, who committed on Wednesday, in Ohio State’s class. Muhammad is the highest rated of them all. He’s the No. 71 overall recruit, No. 14 shooting guard and No. 5 New Jersey recruit in the Class of 2018, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He is 6-foot-4 and 185 pounds.
It’s hard to put too much stock into early recruiting rankings, but Muhammad’s commitment boosts Ohio State’s ranking from No. 34 to No. 13 in the country. The Buckeyes will have their work cut out for them to remain that high going forward, but this is a positive development for a program that signed the No. 45 recruiting class in the country in 2016.
The late coaching change led the Buckeyes to miss out on several top players in their home state in what’s been considered one of the best Ohio classes in recent memory. Holtmann has responded by going across the country to put together his 2018 class. Ohio State’s commitments in this class are from California, Texas and New Jersey, showing the Buckeyes can recruit nationally even if they’re struggling in Ohio.
With those three commits on board, the Buckeyes have two open scholarships in the Class of 2018.
2018 Ohio State recruiting class
Reactions to Luther Muhammad’s commitment
Ohio State assistant coach Mike Schrage
— Mike Schrage (@CoachSchrage) September 23, 2017
Ohio State assistant coach Terry Johnson
— Terry Johnson (@CoachTLJohnson) September 23, 2017
Ohio State assistant coach Ryan Pedon
— Ryan Pedon (@ryanpedon) September 23, 2017
2018 commit Jaedon LeDee
Man we coming next year https://t.co/KDk519MQbz
— Jaedon LeDee (@jae_ledee) September 23, 2017