Since inheriting a thin men's basketball roster at Ohio State, coach Chris Holtmann has been searching for ways to add talent for his first season.

On Friday night, he found one solution. Musa Jallow, a four-star prospect from Bloomington, Indiana, has committed to Ohio State — and not for the class of 2018, as he had been planning. The 6-foot-5, 200-pound Jallow will reclassify to the class of 2017 and enroll at Ohio State for the upcoming season, he announced on Twitter.

In a pair of videos Jallow posted, he is seen playing pickup basketball with his older brother, Saikou, on a playground interspersed with highlight clips. At the end of the second video, the two head for their car only for Saikou to gesture like he forgot something. He then runs back, picks up an Ohio State hat and puts it on backwards. The camera then pans to the sky and cuts to a message with his name, the Ohio State logo and the words, “This Fall!”

Jallow visited the Buckeyes about a week and a half ago. He’s more likely to play as a small forward in college but could help at either of the guard positions in a pinch for Ohio State, which has only two guards on scholarship for the upcoming season. Indications are that he will enroll in August.

His commitment gives the Buckeyes a much-needed body for the season. Ohio State now has nine players plus former walk-on Joey Lane on its roster. Since taking the job, Holtmann has consistently expressed his hopes of adding to this year’s team while not reaching for an undesirable player.

“That’s priority No. 1 is, we want to be deliberate and prudent in our decision-making when it comes to who we could potentially add,” he said June 23. “We’re thinner than probably anybody would like to be right now in terms of numbers. I think we all recognize that. I think we’ve got some outstanding kids and some really good players returning, but numbers are thin.”

ESPN ranked Jallow as the No. 2 overall prospect from Indiana for the class of 2018. Last season, he averaged 24.1 points and 9.5 rebounds while earning offers from the likes of Purdue, Northwestern, Indiana and Virginia. The Buckeyes offered him a scholarship May 3, and the new coaching staff had offered him while at Butler and carried that over to Ohio State.

247Sports ranked him as the No. 138 player in the country for the class of 2018 but updated its 2017 rankings Friday evening, placing Jallow at No. 120 nationally and No. 8 in Indiana for the class.

Fifth-year senior guard Kam Williams said Thursday afternoon that while the current players are content with the roster as it stands, they would welcome any new additions. If Ohio State was to add a player or two, “We would all welcome him with open arms,” Williams said. “We would embrace him like he’s family, and that’s what we’d do with anybody. We need a lot to get better as a team and the quicker we embrace anybody with open arms the quicker we can get better. That would be the best way to go.”

He is now the third member of Ohio State’s class of 2017. Westerville South center Kaleb Wesson committed to and signed with the program while Thad Matta was still the coach, and Massillon Jackson forward Kyle Young was released from his letter of intent at Butler to follow Holtmann to Ohio State.

Jallow’s commitment means that the Buckeyes have six available scholarships for the class of 2018.