Ohio State has its first commitment in the 2018 class.
Four-star shooting guard Torrence Watson announced his pledge to the Buckeyes late Monday evening. The St. Louis native picked Ohio State over Butler, Creighton, Missouri and others.
Watson made the announcement on his personal Twitter account.
— Torrence Watson (@TorrenceWatson) July 11, 2017
Watson is rated as the No. 100 overall prospect in the 2018 class, the No. 23-ranked shooting guard. He is the No. 3-ranked player in the state of Missouri.
Watson led the St. Louis area in scoring, averaging nearly 29 points per night for the Whitfield Warriors on the way to earning All-Metro honors.
The Watson File
- Class: 2018
- Size: 6–5/175
- Pos: SG
- School: Whitfield School (St. Louis, Missouri)
- Composite Rating: ★★★★
- Composite Rank: No. 23 (SG)
A scorer, Watson wants to be more than that. “He's so very coachable, in the sense he's going to listen to the finer points that are going to make him better,” Whitfield head coach Mike Potsou told St. Louis' 590 The Fan in January.
Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann was heavily involved in the recruitment of Watson while at Butler and that interest continued when Holtmann accepted the head coaching job with the Buckeyes.
Watson reportedly visited Ohio State in recent weeks and that trip to Columbus was apparently enough for the 6-foot-5 guard to seal the deal and commit to the Buckeyes.
Watson's commitment comes on the heels of Ohio State getting a pledge from four-star guard/wing Musa Jallow, who also announced his intentions to reclassify to 2017 and join the team this coming fall.
The Buckeyes still have five available scholarships for the 2018 class following Watson's commitment though it is unlikely they use them all. Ohio State is expected to have anywhere between three to five players in its 2018 haul — Watson included.