The meeting went fine. I think it was decided it was best for both parties to open things up right now. Dane has literally zero relationships with any other staff than Thad and the previous Ohio State staff. He needs to look around.
I can't speak to why it wasn't announced last week. But he's already visited both Notre Dame and Villanova.
It happened last week after Goodwin and his family met with Holtmann and Co. If you'd read any of Dane's comments he said all along he was committed "for now" but wanted to meet with the staff first. This isn't a cutting of ties but Ohio State is going to have to work to get him back.
He's not yet been reinstated but it's my understanding he'll be back so long as he turns it around. Up to him, really. But he was not dismissed from the team or anything. I'd expect him to get a second chance and be back in the fold by the time the season rolls around.
Wrote about this in the forum, but I'll state it again: Cohill, Goodwin and Jerome Hunter are the top-three in-state targets for 2018.
Nance has the potential to be a fine college player, but right now, he's a project. He's a couple of years away from being a contributor at the high-major level, imo. Ohio State simply doesn't have that much time. The 2018 class needs impact guys right away, stars or role players, and Nance is a developmental guy.
Plus, the addition of Kyle Young makes it less likely Ohio State takes a pair of wings in this class. It needs guards more than wings with Young, Funderburk and Andre Wesson all here for multiple years. The staff is going to do whatever it can to get Jerome Hunter, too, so it doesn't make much sense to add a fifth wing to the roster.
If something were to happen, then sure, maybe they try to amp up their pursuit of Nance. But right now, it feels like Ohio State is going after Hunter, a big man, and multiple guards for 2018.
Possibly, but they certainly don't want to rush. Can't emphasize enough how important the 2018 class is to the future of the program. They have to get it right. Obviously, by offering all of these guys they have interest but they're certainly not going to accept commitments from more than two or three. Have to get it right.
Probably can cross Bazley off the list. That bridge seems to have been burned.
They're recruiting Ahrens, but haven't "re-offered" him yet to my knowledge.
I'll be honest, I saw Nance play a couple of times this spring on the AAU circuit and wasn't blown away. He's got a long way to go as a contributor at the high major level. He can get there, of course, but he's widely viewed as more of a project or developmental guy at this point. He does have a high ceiling, though.
Personally, I don't know that Ohio State is in a position to take a player like that. To me, it kind of feels like they need more instant impact guys in 2018. And yes, he did struggle a bit at the top-100 camp from what I saw.
Not sure if the new staff has offered him or not yet, but he has official visits planned to Northwestern and Michigan. If he doesn't take one to Ohio State, I think you can probably rule him out. They might be targeting more instant-impact players at his position — like Jerome Hunter — anyway.
Bukirob is correct. Kyle Young is not yet on campus but did sign his Letter of Intent back in November during the early signing period. Thus, Butler would have to grant him his full release — they should due to the coaching change — and he'd be free to go wherever he wants and not sit out any time.
We'll see what happens.