DJ Carton’s first-ever trip to Ohio State left an impression on the junior point guard. During this past weekend, the four-star point guard prospect from Bettendorf, Iowa, made the drive with his mom and dad for an unofficial visit to check out the Buckeyes.

According to his high school coach, Curtis Clark, two meetings in particular were impressive to the junior.

“DJ got to meet Clark Kellogg and Urban Meyer, so that was impressive for him, the type of people those two are and the caliber of people Ohio State surrounds itself with,” Clark told The Dispatch today. “That’s pretty special. Those were the things that he mentioned, that he enjoyed meeting Urban Meyer and Clark Kellogg.”

Carton is primarily being recruited by assistant coach Mike Schrage.

“(The) family really enjoyed the visit,” Clark said. “They just felt like it was a real family atmosphere. The coaching staff seemed really genuine and they really enjoyed that feel. They really thought the coaching staff was very genuine and had that family feel that, especially, his mother enjoyed.”

While on campus, Clark said Carton told him he got to take part in an unofficial open gym session against current members of the team.

It also left an impression.

“He participated, I believe he got to do an open gym and play against some of the guys,” Clark said. “It was good. He said it was a real challenge. He said it was an eye-opening experience, the level that they play. He said he was very tired afterwards.”

Ohio State first offered Carton a scholarship during the fall, and they are one of more than a dozen to have done so. The visit came during what is proving to be a busy recruiting period for the 6-1, 180-pound guard.

In addition to an in-home visit with Schrage and head coach Chris Holtmann roughly two weeks ago, Carton had one with Marquette on April 8 and two Sunday from Indiana and Iowa State. Today, Michigan will have an in-home visit, with Iowa and Wisconsin on tap for Tuesday. Xavier, too, is coming to Monday night’s open gym session.

Clark said Carton is handling the increased attention well and said the chance to squeeze in an unofficial visit to Ohio State was beneficial as he looks to make a decision sometime this fall.

“He’s interested in a lot of different schools and just trying to get a feel for programs,” Clark said. “There’s only so many days in a year and you still have to go to school and go to our workouts and lifting sessions. He tries to fit in as many visits as he can, and he had the opportunity to get to Ohio State. Obviously the program’s history is intriguing for him and his family, so they wanted to make sure that they had the opportunity to actually go on their campus and see where DJ could fit in.” ranks Carton as the No. 2 overall prospect from Iowa, the No. 4 point guard in the nation and the overall No. 48 recruit.