Ohio State has officially inked all three players who had verbally committed to its class of 2019.
The early signing period began Nov. 14, and that afternoon the Buckeyes got their first signature when Alonzo Gaffney took part in a ceremony at Wolfeboro (New Hampshire) Brewster Academy.
Congrats to our 4 Basketball signees today Kai Jones (Texas), Alonzo Gaffney (Ohio State), Joel Brown (Cal), and Anthony Walker (Miami) @NEPSAC #BobcatNation pic.twitter.com/ODDDqQUz1P— BrewsterBobcats (@BrewsterBobcats) November 15, 2018
Ohio State's other two commitments, DJ Carton and EJ Liddell, were both set to also sign during the early signing period. Liddell was set to go next, one day after Gaffney, and had planned to sign during an intrasquad game that evening until a snowstorm postponed those plans.
He officially signed today.
Congratulations to EJ Liddell @EasyE2432 on officially signing with The Ohio State University. Could not be more proud of you. Stay humble and stay hungry. #bwsports @OhioStateHoops #begreat pic.twitter.com/hRVPCAwNp6— BWest Hoops (@MaroonsHoops) November 20, 2018
Carton, meanwhile, had been planning to sign today and followed through at an in-school ceremony.
It's official! @DJCarton is now a Buckeye! Ohio State is getting a great players and a tremendous person pic.twitter.com/cVVTe1FQUo— Matt Randazzo (@MattRandazzo) November 19, 2018
According to the 247Sports.com composite rankings, Carton is a five-star prospect and both Gaffney and Liddell are four-star prospects. The three-man class is ranked No. 8 nationally and tops in the Big Ten.
All three players have been named to the 50-person Naismith Award watch list, and each is among the nation's top 50 prospects. Carton is No. 24, Gaffney No. 39 and Liddell No. 48.
The Buckeyes have one available spot remaining for the class of 2018 but it is unclear if they will use it or not. Ohio State plays Tuesday night against Samford, which will be coach Chris Holtmann's first opportunity to publicly discuss the signees.