Ohio State is about to get a much-needed boost to its roster.
Kyle Young, a Butler signee and former Buckeyes target, has been granted his release from the Bulldogs and has signed with Ohio State, the school announced Monday night.
Young was granted a release from his national letter of intent to Butler following Chris Holtmann's departure. Holtmann was officially announced as head coach at Ohio State last Monday. Young does not have to sit out a year and instead is immediately eligible for the 2017–18 season.
“We are very excited to add Kyle to the 2017 class,” Holtmann said in a statement. “His versatility, motor and work ethic make him a great addition to our program. We really look forward to getting him to campus to join his teammates.”
Young released his own statement on his personal Twitter account.
The Buckeyes recruited Young, a native of Massillon, Ohio, out of high school. He ultimately committed to Butler, however, one week prior to a scheduled official visit to Ohio State. Young signed with the Bulldogs in November during the early signing period.
A 6-foot-7 wing, Young was the 77th-ranked player in the 2017 class, according to 247Sports' composite ratings. He was a four-star prospect and the No. 2-ranked player in the state of Ohio, only behind Kaleb Wesson, an Ohio State signee.
Young provides depth to a Buckeyes' roster that desperately needed some. Ohio State only had nine scholarship players for the 2017–18 season prior to Young's announcement.
As a high school senior, Young helped guide Massillon Jackson to a 28–2 record and a Division I state championship.
The Buckeyes brought in two additional players in the 2017 class: Wesson and Braxton Beverly, both of whom are already on campus and participating in summer workouts.