Ohio State’s pursuit of depth at the guard positions officially has another name.

According to Rivals.com national recruiting analyst Corey Evans, the Buckeyes will get the fifth and final official visit announced for four-star point guard Noah Locke from Owings Mills (Md.) McDonogh School. The 6-2, 175-pound Locke had previously announced official visits to Providence (August 31), Xavier (Sept. 9), Michigan (Sept. 16) and Florida (Sept. 30).

Per Evans, Locke will visit Ohio State on August 22. The Buckeyes beat out Kansas, among others, for his final visit.
Rivals ranks Locke as the No. 86 overall prospect in the country for the class of 2018. 247Sports.com ranks Locke as the No. 15 point guard in the nation.

The Buckeyes are also in hard on Elijah Weaver, a four-star point guard prospect from Oldsmar (Fla.) Christian School. The 6-4, 195-pound Weaver, rated as the No. 9 point guard in the nation by 247Sports, will take an official visit to Ohio State on Sept. 9.

Ayala cuts
He won’t be playing college basketball this season, but Eric Ayala has included Ohio State in his most recent list of top schools.

Ayala, a four-star guard from Wilmington (Del.) Putnam Science Academy, released a list of his top nine schools on his Twitter page late Tuesday. He had been considering reclassifying to the class of 2017 but has opted to remain in high school for his senior season. Putnam coach Tom Ayala told The Dispatch in late June that Ayala had already graduated from high school and would either play collegiately in 2017 or have a post-graduate year.

Now officially in the running for Ayala’s services: Arizona, Georgetown, Indiana, LSU, Maryland, Miami, Ohio State, Oregon and Syracuse. Had he remained in the class of 2017, Ayala’s decision would likely have come down to the Buckeyes and the Ducks. With a lack of depth at the guard positions, Ohio State could have used him this season.

The Buckeyes offered him a scholarship in late June.

The 6-5, 180-pound guard is listed the top prospect in the state according to ESPN and the No. 86 prospect in the country.

He’s not the first player to consider reclassifying and joining the Buckeyes for the upcoming season. Bloomington (Ind.) North guard Musa Jallow has graduated early and will arrive at Ohio State by the end of the weekend to start his college career.

New offer
Also in the class of 2018, four-star guard prospect Dwayne Cohill from Parma Heights (Ohio) Holy Name has announced a third official visit on his calendar. The 6-2, 170-pound Cohill will take an official visit to Dayton from Sept. 15-17.

Cohill told The Dispatch earlier this week that he will take official visits to Ohio State (Sept. 23) and Virginia Tech (Oct. 20). He plans to pick a school before his senior season gets underway and did not commit to taking all five of his visits.

The Buckeyes currently have one verbal commitment for the class of 2018: Torrence Watson, a three-star shooting guard from St. Louis (Mo.) Whitfield School. Wednesday, endlessmotor.net singled him out as having had a strong summer playing AAU basketball, moving him up 39 spots to the nation’s No. 82 overall prospect.