Four-Star PF Payton Dastrup Commits to Ohio State

By Mike Young on November 7, 2013 at 9:20p

Thad Matta finally landed another big man from the class of 2014.

Unfortunately, fans will likely have to wait to see him step onto the hardwood. Dastrup still plans on serving a two-year Mormon mission before enrolling in school. In his freshman season, the Arizona native will be 20 years old. 

Dastrup's father, David, tweeted about his son verbally committing to the Buckeyes, as Payton announced his decision at the Mountain View High School gym. He chose OSU over offers from BYU, Florida and Virginia.  

Payton took an official visit for the Ohio State – Iowa football game, and watched a couple basketball practices before spending time with members of the current roster. David accompanied him on the trip, and took notice of the camaraderie within the program.

"Having the opportunity to see the way the coaching staff creates a unity and a family-type atmosphere between themselves and the players was important to us,” David told Eleven Warriors, following the visit. "We were impressed with the unity and support demonstrated by everyone associated with the program."

The Payton dastrup File

  • Size: 6-9/218
  • Position: PF
  • Class: 2014 (enrolling in 2016)
  • School: Mountain View High School (Mesa, Ariz.)
  • Composite Rating: 4-star
  • 247Sports Rank: 4-star
  • Scout Rank: 4-star
  • ESPN Rank: 4-star
  • Rivals Rank: 4-star

The 6-foot-9-inch forward earned praise from scouts for his natural size for the power forward position, his hustle and rebounding.

"He is a beefy power forward or center prospect, who is an exceptional high-post passing big,"'s scouting report said. "He also runs the floor extremely well for a player his size, and is a reliable finisher on the low block."

Among the skills, Payton Dastrup needs to improve upon, according to, are his footwork on both sides of the floor.  

Coincedentally, former Buckeye quarterback Joe Germaine also attended Mountain View. Germaine served a two-year Mormon mission, himself, before attending Ohio State. The Horseshoe was one of the highlights of the Dastrup family's visit.

"The atmosphere of the crowd and watching The Best Damn Band In The Land in person is something everyone should do at least once in their life," David said. "Our visit to The Ohio State was memorable and gave us everything we hoped for as we support Payton through his decision making process." 

Stay tuned to Eleven Warriors for more on the Dastrup commitment.


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Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

Welcome. Meet the best damn fans in the land. We want to buy your jersey. Give us a reason. 

Read my entire screen name....

Kaceybrown's picture

Welcome aboard the Buckeye train Mr. Dastrup/fast-up

ronhack's picture

Our football, basketball and wrestling programs are feeding off each other! Pulling in top recruits!

Ron hack

skid21's picture

I love the commit but hard to get excited in 2013.

sb97's picture

Not for me :)  I love it!
Edit: Have an upvote to help get in the celebrating mood.

tennbuckeye19's picture


FloridaBuck's picture

Wow, look two people (persons?) to the right of Drew.  Holy crap. 

Haybucks's picture

His right - not so much, his other right, Holy Crap!

If the world comes to an end, I want to be in Cincinnati. Everything comes there ten years later. -  Mark Twain


OSU_ALUM_05's picture


Yeti's have feelings too.

Baroclinicity's picture

Oooooooooh...surprise gray box! Welcome aboard!!

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

Hovenaut's picture

Gray box to tip off the new season, nice work Thad and company.

Welcome aboard Payton!

bergy22's picture

Great addition. Leaves room for 1 still in 2014. High impact mature player in 2016 to pair with AJ Harris and Mickey Mitchell in '15

skid21's picture

Don't think he will count against 14 since he won't be here until 2016. I may be wrong. I wonder when he signs.

DenBuck's picture

Excellent! I do wonder when he signs and what class he counts against? 

Buckeye For Life

Seattle Linga's picture

Thought crossed my mind as well - My assumption is that it won't count until 2016. 

Toilrt Paper's picture

The article said "Matta landed another big man from the class of 2014". Sound like he will take up a roster spot for 6 years. If on a mission trip to Lithuania does one lose eligibility if they play any organized bball to work on footwork?

tennbuckeye19's picture

Not sure on that. I don't know the rules for Mormons on their mission, but I'm not sure he is allowed to play organized ball. It's something I'd like to find out more about though. If he's only allowed to focus on his mission, how will he keep up his basketball skills over the next 2 years?

ATXbucknut's picture

Looks like he had some sort of formal announcement tonight...

Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

Deb Bradshaw is right on top of things with her iPad.

OSU069's picture

What does this mean as far as Myles Turner goes??

Urban_Can_Recruit's picture

Well Jeff Boals tweeted something like BOOM (but not done yet) so I assume we are still going after him hard.

chowoon97's picture

No meaning. He will not enroll until 2016.
Still have a shot on Myles Turner.

MN Buckeye's picture

Congrats, Payton! Two thoughts:
1. Awesome name.
2. Black socks in white sneakers are not just for old guys like me.

zbd's picture

Come back in 3 years with more muscle, maturity and ready to play. Help recruit Myles Turner.

Seattle Linga's picture

That would be nice - so many of these kids go to BYU and it's tough to pull them away. Well done Thad

Seth4Bucks's picture

From purely a sports perspective I have always thought the 2 year missions from Mormon players come with mixed blessings. On one hand you get an older more physically developed player whose body might be more ready for college ball. That advantage is a little more important in say football where that added bulk and development could pay off in spades.
But on the downside, said player is out of the sport for two years that at best could stunt their growth and at worst cause a regression. This is impacts football more as with bball you just need to find a hoop and a ball.
I know this is off topic somewhat. But how do football players stay in football shape and keep their fundamentals sharp during a 2 year mission? It's one thing to say that their bodies develop grown man strength, but you still have to keep a pretty intense workout schedule to get into playing shape. I'm assuming the strength and conditioning coach and team nutritionist give their players a workout routine and it all comes down to personal responsibility and integrity for the player to keep it.
That still leaves fundamentals, especially if the mission is in a location where American football is prevalent. Kind of a head scratcher for me as there's limited amount of drills you can do solo.

Toilrt Paper's picture

There are WAY more skills to be sharpened by basketball players than football players, except for the QB position.

chowoon97's picture

It seems that Payton's father works with athletes (, and his dad will not let him down during two year mission.

Seattle Linga's picture

Congrats young man - go take care of business to come back and take care of business on the hardwood and in the classroom.

Enzo's picture

That's great, but I can't really get excited for a guy that won't be here until 2016, and even then might not be ready for significant minutes until 2017/2018.

ITWASME's picture

My best friend who moved to Arizona goes to his school.... obviously played a part in this recruitment lol 

Seattle Linga's picture

You tell your friend that he gets an upvote from Seattle