Boys Hoop Recruiting Updates: Michigan State offers another Ohioan

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As basketball season nears, recruiting is picking up heavily with
players, parents and coaches making several college visits. This is a
huge time for college coaches to get players on campus and showcase
them at the university’s home football games. Think the OSU-USC atmosphere couldn’t have swayed a decision? Here is the latest from around the state of Ohio.


As basketball season nears, recruiting is picking up heavily with players, parents and coaches making several college visits. This is a huge time for college coaches to get players on campus and showcase them at the university’s home football games.

For instance, a recruit for Ohio State gets invited to last Saturday night’s OSU/USC game and that is an easy sell for some high school kids. The atmosphere and frenzy-like campus feeling can be an automatic “yes” for many kids.

Here is the latest from around the state of Ohio.

Western Kentucky was the latest to offer Cincinnati Winton Woods’ Allen Payne (6-6/Class of 2010).

Payne told us a week ago that Virginia Commonwealth was his favorite with Michigan, Akron, Auburn, and Oklahoma State not far behind.

Payne had an in-house visit from Akron last night.

“The visit went well,” Payne noted. “It was the head coach (Keith Dambrot) and an assistant.”

Payne told us that Nebraska and Rutgers also contacted his father last night.

“Everybody was saying I had a pretty good July,” the Winton Woods’ senior stated. “I had it down to five then we opened it back up.”

Jakarr Sampson (6-7/2011) a wing forward at Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary’s High School recently received an offer from Michigan State.

Sampson is also receiving strong interest from Akron, Cincinnati, Dayton, Kent State, Ohio State, and Xavier according to Ohio National Prep Scouting’s Michael Duncan.

Sampson enjoyed a very good summer and is a very skilled combo forward.

Aaron Thomas (6-4/2011) of Cincinnati Western Hills will take an unofficial to Kentucky on September 26th when the Wildcats host No. 1 Florida in a football game.

Brandon Neel (6-4/2011) a wing at Cincinnati LaSalle told us he has been getting a lot of interest from Georgetown lately.

Neel is also receiving interest from Akron, Miami (OH), Ohio University and St. Bonaventure.

Youngstown State was at Lyndhurst Brush’s open gym to watch point guard Nate Tait (6-0/2010). Tait told us he has no offers at this point.

Blake Justice (6-2/2011) a wing at Peebles High School will be take visits to Albany and Akron next weekend. Justice, who carries a 3.9 grade point average, has an offer from Albany.

He has also been hearing from Elon, Davidson and Kent State.

“Albany came down to watch me workout, and Miami (OH), Akron, and Wright State are coming to an open gym,” Justice mentioned.

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