Official visit season is just about to get underway.
Ohio State will host recruits every single day in June, head coach Chris Holtmann has said on a number of occasions, and most notably the coaching staff will welcome more than a half-dozen official visitors to Columbus this month.
Thus far, seven players have told various media outlets that they have locked in official visits to Ohio State, beginning with five-star power forward A.J. Casey this weekend.
All seven of the 2022 prospects expected to take official visits this month are either forwards or big men, and all are either four-star or five-star recruits. The Buckeyes are looking for two guys in the class to add to their frontcourt after securing a trio of early commitments from four-star point guard Bruce Thornton, four-star shooting guard Roddy Gayle and three-star shooting guard Bowen Hardman.
Here's the list of all seven of the recruits who have set up official visits:
|AJ CASEY||PF||CHICAGO, ILLINOIS||6-8, 180||NO. 20 OVERALL||JUNE 6-8|
|KYLE FILIPOWSKI||PF||WILBRAHAM, MASSACHUSETTS||6-11, 230||NO. 56 OVERALL||JUNE 12-13|
|FELIX OKPARA||C||CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE||6-11, 210||NO. 37 OVERALL||JUNE 15-17|
|JARACE WALKER||PF||BRADENTON, FLORIDA||6-8, 220||NO. 7 OVERALL||JUNE 16-18|
|DILLON MITCHELL||SF||SPRING HILL, FLORIDA||6-7, 180||NO. 129 OVERALL||JUNE 20-22|
|DONOVAN CLINGAN||C||BRISTOL, CONNECTICUT||7-1, 255||NO. 41 OVERALL||JUNE 24-25|
|JULIAN PHILLIPS||PF||BLYTHEWOOD, SOUTH CAROLINA||6-8, 200||NO. 27 OVERALL||JUNE 28-30|
Holtmann said during an appearance on 97.1's The Morning Juice this week that he's taking a family vacation before returning to Columbus on Saturday evening to prepare for an official visit – with Casey – and what he expects to be a two-month sprint in the world of recruiting.
At the moment, Ohio State's holding on to the No. 1 overall recruiting class in 2022. How the next couple of months go, and how much traction the coaches make with their top frontcourt targets, will determine whether the Buckeyes can hang on to such a high class ranking.