WCMH-TV (Ch. 4) in Columbus reported Monday night that Indianapolis Warren Central sophomore point guard Walter Offutt has issued a verbal commitment to Ohio State.
Bucknuts.com was able to confirm that report late Monday with sources in Indiana. We will follow up on that report on Tuesday.
The 6-3 Offutt is ranked as the nation’s No. 12 prospect in the Class of 2008 by ScoutHoops.com. He joins fellow national top-15 sophomore B.J. Mullens, a center from Canal Winchester (Ohio) Harvest Prep, in OSU’s 2008 class.
Offutt’s summer ended early due to an ACL tear in his right knee. As a freshman, Offutt averaged 10.4 points, 3.1 rebounds and 4.2 assists as a freshman.
This is the latest major development for the OSU men’s basketball program. The Buckeyes have four high school seniors ranked in the national top 30 – Greg Oden, Daequan Cook, Mike Conley and David Lighty – as well as JUCO forward Othello Hunter lined up to join the program for next year. Of course, Oden and Conley are also schoolboy stars from Indianapolis.
Then, OSU has a verbal from Upper Sandusky, Ohio, wing Jon Diebler for the 2007 class. And Mullens and Offutt give the Buckeyes a strong base for 2008.
Here is what Bucknuts.com wrote about Offutt in its August basketball recruiting chart:
The Short -- Offutt is a quick guard with a lot of skills. He is especially a good passer with a lot of savvy. He had played well in many national camps for the youngest of stars before tearing his ACL back in the end of June.
The Scoop -- The injury, which could keep him out of action until January, is only a minor setback for this kid. With Ohio State’s need for taking a PG in the class of 2008, you can bet Offutt will be the top priority for Thad Matta and his staff.