One of the worst kept secrets in basketball recruiting over the past few weeks is now officially out in the public. Ohio State continues to load up, landing its fifth 2008 commitment in Reno (Nev.) Galena High School power forward Luke Babbitt.
"I love the coaching staff, and when I went on my visit to Ohio State I felt comfortable with everything," said Babbitt, who is 6-foot-8, 215-pounds. "They are ranked number one and have good players and a good coach. Also, the fact that I'm originally from Ohio played a big part in the decision."
Ohio State's latest gain is a painful loss for four western schools. UCLA, Arizona, Gonzaga and Nevada all had Babbitt as a top recruiting priority.
Babbitt's commitment comes right on the heels of winning a state championship. In his two state playoff games, he averaged 30.5 points per game.
Contrary to the speculation that Babbitt is headed to Ohio a year early for his senior year in basketball, Babbitt maintained that he will remain at Reno (Nev.) Galena High School for his senior season.
The No. 28 ranked prospect in the class of 2008, Babbitt joins five-stars B.J. Mullens and Anthony Crater and four-stars William Buford and Walter Offutt in an Ohio State class that is far and away the No. 1 recruiting class for 2008.
Luke Babbitt scouting report:
A versatile player who can score inside with his penchant for establishing position and then with his agile footwork, Babbitt also has a very nice face up jumper out to well beyond the three-point line. Also skilled as a passer and rebounder, Babbitt has the ability to impact the game anywhere on the court offensively. However, his suspect foot speed and lack of explosiveness are a concern defensively.