The intrigue surrounding Justin Ahrens’ recruitment has added a new wrinkle. The four-star small forward prospect from Versailles, Ohio, has now been offered a scholarship by Michigan.

It’s the 14th overall for Ahrens, who was verbally committed to Ohio State for his entire junior season before reopening his recruitment following the firing of Buckeyes coach Thad Matta in early June.

After de-committing from Ohio State, Ahrens has put up an impressive summer on the AAU circuit and seen his recruitment grow. It convinced new Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann, who had not immediately offered a scholarship to the former verbal commitment, to officially extend an offer in mid-July.

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ESPN ranks Ahrens as the No. 6 prospect from Ohio. The top four have all issued verbal commitments elsewhere, with No. 5 prospect Dwayne Cohill from Parma Heights Holy Name still undecided. Although Ohio State would like to land at least one Ohioan for its class of 2018, it’s not considered a necessity with a number of highly regarded prospects in the following classes.

Ahrens has not made any indications as to where he might be leaning or when he might either narrow his list or make a decision.

Ohio State has one verbal commitment for the class of 2018 in four-star shooting guard Torrence Watson from St. Louis (Missouri) Whitfield School.

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