The first full weekend of college football will also be a big one for the Ohio State men’s basketball team.
As the football team hosts Florida Atlantic at noon on Saturday at Ohio Stadium, the men’s basketball program will host a pair of four-star, top-50 recruits from the class of 2020 on official visits. Both Moses Moody, a shooting guard from Little Rock, Arkansas, and Lance Ware, a power forward from Burlington (New Jersey) Camden, will be on campus and in attendance for at least part of the football game.
The 6-foot-5, 180-pound Moody will play for Montverde (Florida) Academy as a senior. In the 247Sports.com composite database, he is the No. 43 recruit in the nation, the No. 5 prospect from Arkansas and the No. 7 shooting guard.
Ware, a 6-foot-9, 215-pound prospect, is ranked No. 35 nationally, No. 1 in New Jersey and No. 6 at his position.
On August 4, Ware announced a list of his top five schools: Kentucky, Miami, Michigan, Ohio State and Providence. He is scheduled to take an official visit to see the Wolverines the following weekend and the Friars one week later. The Hurricanes are scheduled to host him Sept. 27.
Monday, Moody tweeted that he will be cutting his list to a top seven “soon” but no date was given.
Tuesday, Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann met with reporters and discussed how the staff prepares for hosting recruits on official visits. Coaches are not permitted to discuss specific recruits until they have signed a national letter-of-intent.
“In terms of what we do on visits, it can vary from young person to person and family to family based on what they’re looking for, but there is a traditional template on what each visit looks like,” he said. “Academics is incorporated and obviously time with the team and opportunity to see a bit of a team workout on Saturday. Obviously taking in the activities in campus, in particular the football game. You go through all that. Time at our house with families. There’s kind of a template that we’ll make some adjustments to.”
The Buckeyes currently have no commitments for the class of 2020 and have just one roster spot projected to be available next year.
“I think we’re going to run the race with a lot of guys, whatever that looks like,” Holtmann said. “We obviously have some visits planned. Do I anticipate that we’ll sign somebody, one or two in the early period? I would say yes. Is it possible that we don’t? Sure. Would I anticipate that we would? I do, but we’ll see what that looks like.”
Signing two would put the Buckeyes over their allotment of scholarships, which led to a follow-up: would Holtmann be allowed to over-sign?
“Good question,” he said. “Maybe I need to look into that. I think it’s something that if it gets to that point we’ll get more in-depth. I probably misspoke. I should say, right now do I anticipate that we will sign one (recruit during the early 2020 period)? Yes.”