PF Payton Dastrup Decommits from Ohio State to Sign with BYU

By Mike Young on November 13, 2013 at 12:56p

Less than a week after committing to play basketball for Thad Matta and Ohio State, Mesa (Ariz.) Mountain View power forward Payton Dastrup has decommitted from Ohio State to attend BYU.

Dastrup, who would have been a member of the 2016 class following a two-year Mormon mission, ultimately decided to go with his heart.

“I just felt more comfortable with BYU,” Dastrup told “After I did commit, two days following I wasn’t miserable, but there was something missing. That’s why I changed.”

“I grew up following BYU sports as a young kid,” the 6-foot-10, 230-pound big man added.” I wanted to play football, but when football fell through I had hopes and aspirations of playing basketball there.”

And the search for another big man continues.


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gumtape's picture

It's been a bad week for gray boxes.

High and tight boo boo

OSUStu's picture

If thinks BYU is the right fit for him as a Mormon (I am assuming) or because it is closer to home, then this was probably the right decision.
I wish him luck.

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

Buckeye in Illini country's picture

All of the above and growing up a fan as well.

Columbus to Pasadena: 35 hours.  "We're on a road trip through the desert looking for strippers and cocaine... and Rose Bowl wins!"

MichiganBuckeye222's picture

I'm Jewish, but the yeshiva wasn't necessarily the best choice for me.
that being said, it was hard to get excited about a 2016 recruit.  I wish the best for the kid, though

Representing the Buckeyes in the Mitten State since 1987.


BKLYN_Buckeye's picture

On to the next one...

sharks's picture

After giving that quote, he pulled of his mask and revealed that he was really Anzalone

A man got to have a code...

chowoon97's picture

Because too fast, he didn't have time to change his twitter background.

canadabuck84's picture

Besides Turner who else  is out there?
What ever happened to Tyler Herron? 


buck-I.8's picture

This kid wouldn't have come until 2017, there is tons of talent left in that class.

Seattle Linga's picture

Agreed - not quite sure what really happened either, Thad will find someone just like Urban found the punter CJ.

Bucki78's picture

Kids playing with my emotions.....

"But I don't have to rely on a lot of people to tell me about the traditions of Ohio State. I lived it, I breathed it, I know it and I love it." - Urban Meyer

d5k's picture

Well, the most interesting part is that he is delaying or forgoing his mission as well.  So could our lack of guaranteed spots in the 2014 class have sealed the deal for BYU?

Larryp713's picture

That is an interesting angle. I had not heard he was putting off his mission. Your theory makes a lot of sense to me.



Jordan Wagner's picture

Ohio State has at least one open spot in '14. Two if Ross goes pro. 

He still plans to take a two year mission trip. 

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Well obviously BYU would be a better fit for him considering his religion.  I do wonder, though, why he committed to OSU in the first place.  Sounds like he went with his head last week when he should've gone with his heart all along.  It's always a bit of a stigma to me when a recruiting target commits to OSU then decommits and goes elsewhere, compared to a target just going elsewhere all along.

Class of 2010.

FROMTHE18's picture

Thats alright. Good luck to the guy.

AndyVance's picture

Not specifically a comment on this story, but I think the recent string of decommitments  around the country illustrates the intense pressure on high-quality recruits, and also perhaps underscores the need for consideration of "early commitments" or a mid-year signing day. I don't want to limit students' ability to make the best choice for their education and career (in that order), but I would like to see them have options to end the recruiting process on their terms, when they want.

d5k's picture

There is an early signing period right now, and he just signed with BYU to play in 2014 as opposed to 2016.

AndyVance's picture

...thus illustrating how little I know about college basketball recruiting.

tennbuckeye19's picture

I think basketball does it right with their early signing period. If a kid is ready to sign, then sign. If not, they have time to reconsider their decision. IMO,The way football does it lends itself to more drama. 

AndyVance's picture

I was definitely thinking more about football and the overly dramatic commitment/decommitment cycle we've seen int he past couple of years. Sounds like roundball has things in good order comparatively.

Jordan Wagner's picture

He still plans to take a two year mission trip. 

hit_the_couch's picture

I hope he doesn't get suspended by them for indulging in a alcoholic beverage or having relations with his girlfriend. 

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

Berniebucks78's picture

You're right... How dare a school (and the players) hold themselves to a higher standard because of their beliefs. Not a great comment. 
I wish him the best. 

"Indecision may (or may not) be my downfall."

hit_the_couch's picture

It wouldn't be if it weren't true.
5 game suspension for being seen in a nightclub with a bottle in his hand.
I'm sure there are others, but these are just off the top of my head.
The code isn't necessary to hold one to a high standard; people go whether LDS or not, or it's their only offer. I'd go too if I had a free ride.
I'm sure this young man is doing what's best for him.

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

harleymanjax's picture

"Payton, make up your damn mind!"
Jermaine Eluemunor

"Because I couldn't go for 3"

andyb's picture

He wouldn't have played until 2017??? I think we have some time to make this one up, am I right??

BenW's picture

The worst part of this is I trash talked to my Mormon buddy who goes to BYU when he committed... 

Larryp713's picture

These days, you really have to apply some padding before talking trash about winning a recruit. I got in trouble with an ND fan re: Anzalone, though we are both shaking our heads now.



BenW's picture

It was harmless in this case because he doesn't follow recruiting at all, but that's always good advice. It's a lot more dangerous in football though, for sure. 

Jordan Wagner's picture

'14 PF Malik Hines is a name to watch. He is a 6'9 big man from Kentucky. Has an LSU offer. Major interest. I'll have more on him in a week or so. 

Bucki78's picture

Is there a chance that Thad Matta could have turned this one away? I doubt it would happen, but I haven't followed BB recruiting for all that long and thought because he wasn't going to be available to play until 2017 that this might have changed the minds of some people.

"But I don't have to rely on a lot of people to tell me about the traditions of Ohio State. I lived it, I breathed it, I know it and I love it." - Urban Meyer

Jordan Wagner's picture

The staff knew about Payton taking two years off. They still accepted his commitment less than a week ago. 

Bucki78's picture

Thanks Jordan, then I guess this just means it really may have been a change of heart.

"But I don't have to rely on a lot of people to tell me about the traditions of Ohio State. I lived it, I breathed it, I know it and I love it." - Urban Meyer

Jugdish's picture

Remember to get your wolverine spayed or neutered. TBDBITL

Buckeye Chuck's picture

I'm glad someone did.

The most "loud mouth, disrespect" poster on 11W.

Larryp713's picture

I wish him well, of course. These are not easy decisions; I still remember wrangling over which branch of the armed forces I was going to join, and what rate I would pursue. That was a tough decision, and nobody was really pulling me to do one or the other. Can you imagine what these kids go through?



Toilrt Paper's picture

Par for the course. As of late Matta has had no luck at signing a 4*+ player over 6-7.

d5k's picture

I think Jared staying an extra year and then not being 100% sure he was leaving after his sophomore year had some unfortunate consequences with that.  If all else fails we can go super small and run teams into oblivion.

jaxbuckeye's picture

No offense to the kid, actually glad he did what's best for him, but who cares?   By that I mean he wasn't going to play for a couple of years, not highly touted, marginal player at best.  Glad he decided now and not later.

Chief B1G Dump's picture

What the hail is crappenin here?
I guess fine...but after watching last nights game...we need a big man!

ScarletNGrey01's picture

Amir did have a double double.  Would be nice going forward if that was not an anomaly.

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

I would like to make a suggestion - gray boxes with great news should stay gray!  Gray boxes with bad news needs to be blue boxes!!!

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

ScarletNGrey01's picture

I know these are just kids, but he verbally committed for what ... a week ... then decommitted?  Really???  Man, you just gotta laugh at that one.  Was kind of a strange situation from the get go.  Oh well, until they enroll for class best not to get too excited I guess. 

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

SPreston2001's picture

Meh wasnt really excited about the kid anyway. Best of luck to him....

BuckeyeLurker0509's picture

Good luck young fella...with basketball.

Not with converting all those heathens and hell bound disbelievers...

36buck's picture

Ross going pro?  Why?  Hasn't put together a good straight month since he's been here.

d5k's picture

He was rated more draftable than Deshaun last year after his emergence late in the year.  He is less of a tweener. NBA draft is not about past performance it is about potential future upside.

Seattle Linga's picture

More now than ever before - teams can ship these "kids" off to europe and have them hone their skills all why playing in games as opposed to sitting on the bench. 

zbd's picture

These young kids change their minds like some women.  Who knows what he will do next.  I still think OSU needs some beef in the paint. Matta gets more space to fine some stud who can play defense and bring it. 

TraptnMI's picture

Dastrup must have found out, the Rocket Ship to Kolob, dosen't go through Columbus! Poor misinformed FREAK!!!

" It's real good whatcha done Anthony, real good ! "