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Buckeyes hoops target trims list, sets commitment date
One of Chris Holtmann’s top targets for the Ohio State recruiting cycle of 2023 is nearing a decision.
Four-star Sunrise Christian (Miami, Florida) small forward Scotty Middleton trimmed his list to a final five schools on Sunday, and he also set a commitment date. He’ll announce his college choice on Instagram Live on August 6.
His choice will come down to Ohio State, Seton Hall, Kansas, UConn and Texas A&M.
Ohio State is the favorite to land Middleton, according to the On3 Recruiting Prediction Machine. The Buckeyes lead all suitors with a 28.3-percent chance to land the 6-foot-7 forward, who ranks as the No. 10 small forward and No. 46 overall player in the country, according to the On3 Consensus.
Buckeyes sending three talented veterans to Big Ten Media Days
Ohio State and the Big Ten announced who will be in attendance for the annual Big Ten Media Days in Indianapolis, held July 26 and 27. Along with coach Ryan Day, the Buckeyes will send third-year sophomore quarterback C.J. Stroud, junior wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba and senior defensive back Ronnie Hickman as representatives of the football team.
Stroud and Smith-Njigba torched opposing defenses last season for Ohio State on their way to a record-breaking offensive season. Hickman was the leading tackler and one of the bright spots on a disappointing defense.
All three are now tasked with helping the Buckeyes return to their Big Ten title and national championship goals, which weren’t met last season.
And all three will be in Indianapolis with Day to represent the Buckeyes at Big Ten Media Days.
Trio of Ohio State stars make Maxwell Award watch list
Quarterback C.J. Stroud, top wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba and running back TreVeyon Henderson are all being listed on preseason watch lists and All-American teams, and Monday was a big one. All three were named to the preseason watch list for the Maxwell Award, which is given annually to the top player in all of college football.
Stroud missed out on being a finalist for the award a season ago, although he was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy. Smith-Njigba wasn’t considered for the award, but that changes this offseason after a 1,606-yard year last fall for the Buckeyes. Henderson enters Year Two as the Buckeyes starting running back.
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