May was a busy month on the recruiting trail for Ohio State. Even as a pair of prospective graduate transfers have committed elsewhere and the program looks for replacements for the departed Trevor Thompson (signed with an agent), JaQuan Lyle (plans unknown) and David Bell (transferred), the Buckeyes have extended more scholarship offers for upcoming recruiting classes.
The Buckeyes currently sit with nine scholarship players for the 2017-18 season. They will lose Kam Williams and Jae’Sean Tate after this season and have verbal commitments from two Ohioans in the class of 2018: Versailles’ Justin Ahrens and Upper Arlington’s Dane Goodwin.
Here are some new names on the radar from the last month.
Precious Achiuwa, SF, Bronx (N.Y.) St. Benedict’s Prep
The 6-8, 190-pound Achiuwa has been consistently listed among the top 25 prospects in the class of 2019 by ESPN.
Ohio State offered Achiuwa on May 2, one day after Kansas also offered. 247Sports.com lists him as a four-star prospect, the No. 3 overall prospect from New York and the No. 26 prospect in the country and Rivals.com ranks him No. 18 nationally.
Keion Brooks Jr., SF, Forth Wayne (Ind.) North Side
Also a member of the class of 2019, Brooks reported an Ohio State offer May 5 on Twitter.
Thankful to receive an offer from Ohio State University #GoBuckeyes pic.twitter.com/JABpDLoMtd
— Keion Brooks Jr. (@KeionB_12) May 5, 2017
Rated as the top prospect from Indiana in his class by 247Sports, Brooks also holds offers from Indiana, Michigan State, Kansas, Kansas State and has recently added another from UCLA. Scout.com lists him as a five-star recruit and the No. 14 prospect nationally and Rivals ranks him as a four-star prospect and the No. 26 prospect nationally
Jairus Hamilton, SF, Concord (N.C.) Cannon School
A member of the class of 2018, the 6-8, 220-pound Hamilton is a consensus four-star prospect. He’s rated the No. 2 overall prospect in the state by 247Sports, the No. 34 prospect nationally by Rivals and No. 45 prospect nationally by Scout.
On May 18, Hamilton posted this to Twitter:
Blessed to receive an offer from Ohio State University #BuckeyeNation pic.twitter.com/jwDxLaY5Cy
— Jhammy (@j_hamilton007) May 18, 2017//
Then former Ohio State star Evan Turner quoted his tweet and added:
Don't forget the "THE" and commit asap! https://t.co/IIqgGPH5GK
— Evan Turner (@thekidet) May 18, 2017//
He also holds offers from Duke, North Carolina, Kansas and others. The 247Sports “Crystal Ball” has him pegged as 100 percent to the Tar Heels.
Musa Jallow, SG/SF, Bloomington (Ind.) North
Ohio State offered the 6-5, 200-pound Jallow on May 4.
Just received an offer from The Ohio State University
— musa aziz jallow (@mjallow21) May 4, 2017//
A member of the class of 2018, ESPN ranks Jallow as a four-star prospect and the No. 6 overall prospect from Indiana. 247Sports lists him as a three-star prospect and No. 5 in Indiana and Rivals lists him as a four-star prospect and No. 84 nationally.
Jallow also holds offers from Indiana, Butler, Virginia and others, and 247Sports predicts him as 100 percent to the Hoosiers. He told Rivals earlier this month that he wants to make a decision before his senior season.
Jaelin Llewellyn, PG, Lynchburg (Va.) Virginia Episcopal
A native Canadian whose father played for Wake Forest and Rhode Island, Llewellyn has seen his stock rise during the spring. He holds at least a dozen offers including one from the Buckeyes that arrived May 17.
Listed at 6-2, 160 pounds, Llewellyn isn’t ranked by any of the major recruiting services. A member of the class of 2018, he’s recently taken unofficial visits to Georgetown, Maryland, Virginia.