Ohio State’s 2019 class is shaping up to be one of the best in the country.
The Buckeyes landed a commitment from five-star point guard DJ Carton on Saturday, giving Ohio State its second verbal in the 2019 class, as the Iowa native joins Alonzo Gaffney, who committed in April.
B U C K E Y E N A T I O N pic.twitter.com/A8T26fA7W1
— DJ Carton (@DJCarton) July 14, 2018
Carton moved quickly in his recruitment process, announcing a final three on Sunday before taking his final official visit to Columbus on Wednesday, staying through Friday. Ohio State must have made a significant final impression, as Michigan was considered the favorite to land Carton prior to his visit.
The Carton File
- CLASS: 2019
- SIZE: 6-foot-1, 189 pounds
- POS: PG
- SCHOOL: Bettendorf (Iowa)
- COMPOSITE RATING: ★★★★★
- COMPOSITE RANK: 21
A 6-foot-1, 189 pound point guard, Carton had been Ohio State's top target since landing Gaffney. Carton, the No. 21 overall prospect in the 2019 cycle, is the highest rated recruit Chris Holtmann has landed since coming to Columbus, with Gaffney currently rated as the No. 30 overall player in the country.
Carton figures to add to an already stacked Ohio State backcourt that is set to at least feature Florida State transfer CJ Walker, and could also feature a sophomore Luther Muhammad, assuming he doesn't leave for the professional levels after his freshman year.
A left-handed shooter, Carton has consistent range and elite athleticism, which also helps him on the defensive end.
You can watch his highlights from the 2017 AAU circuit below.