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Ohio State’s 2021 class ranked No. 7 nationally in new rankings

Adam Jardy
ajardy@dispatch.com
St. Vincent-St. Mary's Malaki Branham passes between North Olmsted's Gavin Dietrich, left, and Ryan Higginbotham during the fourth quarter in a Division I regional semifinal Wednesday at Rhodes Arena. The Irish won 47-37.

All three of Ohio State’s commitments for the class of 2021 have remained four-star prospects in updated rankings released today by 247Sports.com.

Malaki Branham, Meechie Johnson Jr. and Kalen Etzler all are ranked among the nation’s top 100 recruits in the composite rankings with Branham leading the way. A combo guard from Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary, Branham held steady as the No. 27 national recruit, the No. 4 shooting guard in the nation and Ohio’s top prospect.

Branham is the fourth-highest four-star recruit in the nation.

Johnson, who will finish out his prep career at Garfield Heights, Ohio, has climbed eight spots and is ranked No. 76 nationally. It’s his highest national ranking since he was No. 75 in a Sept. 10, 2019 update. He dropped as low as No. 89 in the rankings, which are typically updated twice monthly, while rehabbing a torn ACL and sitting out his junior season. Here’s a story on his commitment to the Buckeyes.

He is the No. 2 prospect from Ohio and the No. 14 point guard prospect in the nation.

Etzler checks in at No. 99 nationally, a drop of 13 spots from the last update. A senior at Convoy (Ohio) Crestview, Etzler is the No. 3 recruit from Ohio and the No. 22 power forward prospect in the nation. You can read more about him here.

Collectively, it adds up to a recruiting class ranked No. 7 nationally and third in the Big Ten behind Michigan State (No. 4 nationally) and Michigan (No. 5).

Ohio State is expected to add a post player to the class, and it remains in the running for a number of candidates.

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