Prime Time football good for recruiting

The Ohio State football team is hosting Wisconsin at 8 p.m. Saturday in Ohio Stadium in one of those mega-Big Ten rivalry games sure to halt commerce in Columbus and all points north, south, east and west of the city.

The 'Shoe will be jammed for prime timewith rougly 105,000 souls and the scene, as always, wiil be breathtaking. The sound and the fury are goodthings for new Ohio State women's basketball coach Kevin McGuff.

Sources say that at least four potential recruitingtargets for McGuffareexpected toattend the game. Makayla Waterman,a 6-foot-2 forward fromKettering Fairmont High School near Dayton, and Alexa Hart, a 6-3 post, from ColumbusAfricentric, already are on record as saying thatthey intend to commit to the Buckeyes during the early signing periodin November. This weekend serves as an official visit for them.

Two other players still pondering theircollege choices are expected to join them for the weekend and the game: Kathryn Westbeld, a 6-2 forward andWaterman's teammate at Fairmont; and Asia Doss, a 5-7 point guard from Country Day School in Detroit.

Twin sisters Kelsey and Chelsea Mitchell fromCincinnati Princetonalready have given McGuff verbal commitments. He has room for six or seven playersin his first recruiting class.

LandingWestbeld would mean that McGuffhad recruitedfive top Ohio prepseniors this class. She currently is ranked 21st overall on the ESPN HoopGurlz web site. The Buckeyes graduate four post players at the end of the upcoming season so Westbeld also would give him three freshmenfront-court playersfor the 2014-15 season.

Doss is ranked No. 92 by HoopGurlz, which says she has "emerged into an elite-level game manager." Program fans might remember that Country Day produced former OSU guard Kim Wilburn, the 2006 Big Ten defensive player of the year.

Doss reportedly also is considering Illinois and Purdue. Westbeld is looking at Notre Dame and Connecticut. She was an AAU teammate this summer of Waterman, Hart and Kelsey Mitchell, a 5-8 point guard ranked third nationally.

Two other high profile players reportedlyhave made official visits to Ohio State: Jatarie White, a 6-4 post from North Carolina; and Jaime Nared, a 6-1 wing from Oregon.

Reynoldburg's Alyssa Rice reportedlyscratched the Buckeyes from her list. Sheis considering Kentucky and Virginia.