Ohio State men's basketball recruiting | Notebook: Updates on Isaac Johnson, Jalen Johnson and Zeb Jackson

Adam Jardy

Ohio State began the week with a big splash when it landed a verbal commitment from four-star power forward E.J. Liddell. That commitment essentially closed the book on the class of 2019 for the Buckeyes, but it wasn’t the only recruiting development.

Here’s a few quick notes heading into the weekend.

Johnson to visit

The Buckeyes will host a recruit on an official visit this weekend who brings a caveat to his recruitment. Four-star center Isaac Johnson is a senior at American Fork, Utah, but will not start playing college basketball until 2021 while he undertakes a two-year Mormon Mission through the Missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The 6-foot-11, 220-pound Johnson will pick his school, participate in his two-year commitment and then go to college. Although he would be a member of the class of 2021, Johnson is listed as the No. 1 prospect from Utah, the No. 19 center in the nation and the No. 70 overall prospect in the composite rankings. He also holds offers from Oregon, Utah, BYU and Gonzaga, among others.

Ohio State assistant coach Mike Schrage has been his primary recruiter.

(Different) Johnson lands offer

The Buckeyes offered a scholarship to Jalen Johnson, a five-star prospect in the class of 2020, on Wednesday.

Blessed to receive an offer from THE Ohio State University! #BuckeyeNation

— Jalen Johnson (@Jalen_J23) October 4, 2018

A 6-foot-8, 215-pound small forward from Milwaukee (Wisconsin) Nicolet, Johnson also holds offers from Duke, Kentucky and Wisconsin. He is the top prospect from Wisconsin, the No. 2 prospect at his position and No. 5 player in the nation.

Jackson taking a visit

The Buckeyes remain among the favorites for point guard Zeb Jackson, and the four-star prospect from Toledo Maumee Valley Country Day School in the class of 2020 is taking an official visit to Marquette this weekend.

It’s Jackson’s first trip as part of new NCAA rules that allow juniors to take five official visits. The 6-foot-2, 160-pound Jackson is the No. 2 prospect from Ohio and the No. 66 recruit in the nation.

He recently discussed his recruitment and fall plans with The Dispatch.


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