Three of Ohio State’s four signees for the class of 2019 are among the nation’s top 60 recruits in the final 247Sports rankings.
Leading the way is four-star point guard DJ Carton, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound player from Bettendorf, Iowa. He’s ranked No. 31 in the nation, the highest-rated recruit to sign for coach Chris Holtmann and the highest-rated recruit to sign to the Buckeyes since D’Angelo Russell (No. 16) and Keita Bates-Diop (No. 29) signed in the class of 2014.
Carton dropped seven spots in the final rankings. He is the second-highest rated recruit in the Big Ten, only four spots behind Indiana’s Trayce Jackson-Davis, a center.Join the conversation at Facebook.com/BuckeyeXtra and connect with us on Twitter @BuckeyeXtra
Four-star power forward E.J. Liddell, a 6-6, 220-pound product of Belleville (Iowa) West, is next at No. 57, a climb of six spots.
Two spots behind Liddell is Alonzo Gaffney, who dropped 14 spots to No. 59. The 6-9, 190-pound small forward, an Ohio native, played for Wolfeboro (New Hampshire) Brewster Academy for his senior season.
All three are higher than last year’s top-rated signee for the Buckeyes, four-star point guard Luther Muhammad from Jersey City (New Jersey) Hudson Catholic. He was the No. 79 national recruit and the only top-100 signee for Ohio State.
Recent addition Ibrahima Diallo, a center who played for Napa Valley (California) Prolific Prep as a senior, is listed at No. 243 nationally and a three-star prospect.