Ohio State has had E.J. Liddell’s official visit on the calendar for a few weeks. Now, the Buckeyes are adding some more names to the plans as they work to fill out their class of 2019.
Wednesday night, multiple outlets reported and the Dispatch confirmed that Ohio State will get an official visit from Omar Payne, a four-star center in the 247Sports.com composite rankings who is playing at Montverde (Florida) Academy. A 6-foot-9, 215-pound player, Payne announced his top seven schools August 12 and now has set four official visits.
Payne will visit Florida State on Sept. 3, Florida on Sept. 8, Ohio State on Sept. 22 and LSU on Oct. 13. Recruits are permitted five official visits during their senior year, and Payne also included Louisville, Texas and Central Florida on his list.
His visit to Columbus is scheduled for three weeks after the Buckeyes host Liddell, a 6-foot-7, 220-pound four-star power forward from Belleville (Illinois) West who is ranked No. 40 nationally. Payne is the No. 37 overall recruit and the No. 11 center prospect in the nation.
Before all that, though, Ohio State will host a pair of recruits this weekend on unofficial visits as four-star power forward Zeke Nnaji and four-star center Qudus Wahab will both check out the Buckeyes.
Nnaji will be in the midst of a busy slate of unofficial visits. The 6-foot-10, 215-pound athlete from Hopkins, Minnesota, is taking unofficial visits to Creighton (August 10), Kansas State (August 11), Notre Dame (Friday), Ohio State (Saturday), Indiana (Sunday), Purdue (Monday) and Illinois (Tuesday). He is the No. 30 overall recruit in the country and the No. 6 power forward.
Wahab, too, has some other unofficial visits on the docket. The 6-foot-10, 230-pound center from Ashburn (Virginia) Flint Hill School took unofficial visits to Georgetown (August 11) and Connecticut (August 19) and will see Ohio State on Saturday, Pitt on Sunday and Syracuse on Sept. 8. He is the No. 95 overall recruit and the No. 22 center prospect in the nation.
Ohio State has two commitments for its class and sits fifth in the 247Sports national rankings. It has room to add one more player to the class.