Ohio State basketball has four recruits signed in the Class of 2018, but the Buckeyes reportedly haven’t closed the door on adding one more.
Stockrisers’ Jake Weingarten reports Ohio State has reached out to former Arizona commit Brandon Williams, and that Williams could end up taking a visit to Columbus.
Williams is the fifth-best remaining uncommitted recruit in the 2018 class, per the 247Sports composite rankings. He was verbally committed to Arizona from June until last week, when he decommitted from the Wildcats soon after ESPN reported Arizona coach Sean Miller was caught on tape discussing a $100,000 payment to current Wildcats center Deandre Ayton. ESPN has since retracted parts of its report, and Miller has been adamant that he did nothing wrong.
247Sports composite rankings have Williams as the No. 31 overall prospect and the No. 7 point guard recruit in the class. He’s from Encino, Calif., and is considering some West Coast programs as well as some other traditional college basketball powers.
“I got calls from Oregon, Kansas, Oklahoma State, Arizona State, UCLA, Ohio State, Connecticut, Gonzaga, Georgetown and Kentucky is supposed to be calling,” Williams told 247Sports’ Josh Gershon on Wednesday. “As of now I’m taking things slow and focusing on my high school team. After the season I’ll talk to my family about visits.”
Williams isn’t revealing any directions for his recruitment just yet.
“We’re going to pick up the phone for everyone,” he told Gershon. “I’m not closing any options.”
Ohio State’s four signed 2018 recruits are 4-star guard Luther Muhammad, 4-star forward Jaedon LeDee, 3-star guard Duane Washington and 3-star forward Justin Ahrens.