It’s list-trimming season for members of the 2019 recruiting class, and Ohio State has made the cut on a quartet of high-profile targets remaining on its board.
Four-star power forward E.J. Liddell became the latest to include the Buckeyes on his list of top schools today when he unveiled his top five. The 6-foot-7, 220-pound prospect from Belleville (Illinois) West, Liddell included the Buckeyes on a list that also includes Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois and Kansas State.
TBD. @TiptonEdits pic.twitter.com/BetGMlw1re— EJ Liddell (@EasyE2432) August 13, 2018
Liddell is the nation’s No. 48 overall recruit and No. 12 power forward in the 247Sports.com composite rankings. He had been set to announce his top five schools Sunday night but postponed his announcement until today so he could have an updated graphic including a sixth team. Then shortly before the announcement, Liddell tweeted that he was sticking to five schools.
Liddell took an unofficial visit to check out Ohio State in early June, and he has just one official visit scheduled so far: he will come to Columbus at the end of August for the first football game of the year. The Buckeyes have thought to be among the leaders for Liddell for some time.
Ohio State has a commitment from four-star small forward Alonzo Gaffney, who will play at Wolfeboro (New Hampshire) Brewster Academy as a senior, but Liddell and Gaffney are different types of forwards and could play together on the court.
His announcement came one day after the Buckeyes made the final seven for Omar Payne, a four-star power forward from Monteverde (Florida) Academy. His list includes Ohio State, Florida, Florida State, Central Florida, Texas, Louisville and LSU.
Thank you for all the school that took their time to recruit me here is my top 7
S/O @BallisWillbrant for the edit pic.twitter.com/j3UH8cLFrk
The 6-foot-9, 195-pound Payne is the No. 42 overall prospect in the country and the No. 9 power forward.
On August 5, four-star small forward Sam Williamson from Rockwall, Texas, had the Buckeyes among his top 10 schools. Two days later, it was four-star small forward Patrick Williams from Charlotte, North Carolina, who listed the Buckeyes among his top 10 schools.
Gaffney is the No. 7 small forward in the country. The 6-foot-6, 180-pound Williamson is No. 14 and 6-foot-7, 180-pound Williams is No. 17.