Ohio State landed two commitments for the 2020 class in the span of six days. Now, with Eugene Brown and Zed Key in the fold, the Buckeyes are looking at a top-25 national recruiting class.
Within a week, Ohio State went from an empty 2020 recruiting class to being done for the year.
Last Monday, the Buckeyes accepted a commitment from Eugene Brown III, a wing from Decatur (Georgia) Southwest DeKalb. Sunday, they added a second and final member to the class in power forward Zed Key from Glen Head (New York) Long Island Lutheran.
That means that Ohio State now appears in the national rankings for the 2020 class. And although there remains a chance that the Buckeyes could add to the roster during the spring should multiple roster spots open up, right now the class is sitting just inside the top 25 in the nation according to both 247Sports.com and Rivals.com.
Rivals lists the Buckeyes as the No. 24 class in the nation and fifth in the Big Ten, behind No. 8 Wisconsin (five commits), No. 9 Michigan State (two commits), No. 11 Indiana (three commits) and No. 16 Purdue (two commits).
247Sports has the Buckeyes one spot lower nationally at No. 25 and sixth in the Big Ten, behind No. 5 Wisconsin, No. 6 Indiana, No. 11 Michigan State, No. 18 Purdue and No. 19 Nebraska (two commits).
Both services list Brown as a four-star recruit but are split on Key. Rivals lists him as a four-star prospect while 247Sports lists him as a three-star.
In the 247Sports composite rankings, Key is the No. 158 national recruit, the No. 5 prospect from New York and the No. 31 power forward in the country. Rivals ranks him as the No. 117 national recruit and No. 24 at his position.
Brown is the No. 112 national recruit in the 247Sports rankings, the No. 6 recruit from Georgia and the No. 26 shooting guard (although he will be a wing in college). Rivals is higher on him, placing him No. 82 nationally and as the No. 21 small forward.
ESPN, which has not released 2020 class rankings, lists Brown and Key as four- and three-star prospects, respectively. Brown is the No. 7 recruit from Georgia and the No. 24 small forward in the nation, while Key is the No. 6 prospect from New York and the No. 38 power forward in the nation.
Both players help plug holes on the Ohio State roster. Brown gives the Buckeyes some youth at a position that will have little when he gets to campus, and he will arrive with a still-unknown ceiling as he puts a broken leg injury behind him.
Key, as a back-to-the-basket scorer, gives the Buckeyes one of the better scorers in his class. One Division I coach who had been recruiting him described him as a potential first-team All-Big Ten player and among the top low-post scorers in the country.