With one spot open in its 2019 recruiting class, Ohio State came one step closer to landing its top target Monday afternoon.
EJ Liddell, a four-star forward out of Belleville West High School in Belleville, Illinois, included the Buckeyes in his top five via Twitter — alongside Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin and Kansas State.
Liddell is scheduled to make his official visit to Columbus on Aug. 31 and is expected to be in attendance for the football season opener on Sept. 1 against Oregon State.
The 6-foot-7, 220-pound Liddell earned Illinois Mr. Basketball and Gatorade Player of the Year honors last season, and is ranked as the No. 47 recruit in the nation, according to 247Sports.
As a junior, Liddell averaged 20.8 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. He scored 708 points in 34 games played, a Belleville West record, according to the Belleville News-Democrat.