Today marked a busy day on the recruiting trail for Ohio State as coach Chris Holtmann and assistant Ryan Pedon. Together, the two made a pair of visits earlier in the day with one more scheduled before Thursday night came to a close, The Dispatch has learned.
The day started off with a visit with a player who could immediately help the Buckeyes. In search of a backcourt addition that could play this upcoming season, the duo met with graduate transfer Joe Cremo from Albany. A first-team all-America East selection after averaging 17.8 points and 3.8 assists, the 6-4, 185-pound Cremo has drawn plenty of high-level interest from the likes of Arizona, Cincinnati, Louisville and West Virgina, among others.
Cremo would have one year of eligibility remaining.
From there, Holtmann and Pedon turned their attention ahead to the future recruiting classes. Together, they went to Glens Falls, New York, to meet with Joe Girard, a combo guard in the class of 2019. The 6-1, 165-pound Girard took an unofficial visit to see the Buckeyes host Iowa on Feb. 10 and landed an offer one day later.
It was part of a big winter for Girard, who now also holds offers from Duke, Michigan, Oklahoma, Syracuse and others. 247Sports.com ranks Girard as a three-star prospect, the No. 4 prospect from New York, the No. 22 combo guard in the nation and the No. 164 overall national prospect.
After returning to Ohio following that visit, Holtmann and Pedon were headed to Garfield Heights for an in-home visit with the state’s top prospect for the class of 2019: Alonzo Gaffney, a five-star power forward who also holds offers from Michigan State, Georgetown and Florida, among others. He was in attendance for the same Iowa game as Girard for what was a big recruiting weekend for Ohio State.
The Buckeyes will host a recruit on an official visit this weekend when C.J. Walker, a sophomore transfer from Florida State, will visit the Buckeyes. The 6-1, 195-pound guard is a native of Indianapolis and was heavily recruited by Holtmann when he was the coach at Butler.
Walker would have two seasons of eligibility remaining after sitting out the upcoming year. It’s not clear if he has any other visits scheduled yet.
The Buckeyes are looking to add two more players before next season, with possibly one as a graduate transfer and another as a regular transfer. They have signed a four-man recruiting class.