The Ohio State Buckeyes pulled a bit of an upset when they received a commitment from 4-star shooting guard Austin Grandstaff on Sunday.
Many believed the 6’5, 195-pounder was a Florida Gators’ lean, but after visiting the Buckeyes over the weekend, he decided to pull the trigger and commit to Thad Matta’s club.
“He told me there was a need for me here,” Grandstaff said of Matta via Doug Lesmerises of the Northeast Ohio Media Group. “They weren’t recruiting me to come and play my junior year. They recruited me to come and play right away.”
Grandstaff is from Rockwall, Texas and attends Rockwall, Texas.
Grandstaff is ranked as the country’s fifth-best shooting guard, the fourth-best overall prospect in the state of Texas and the 36th-best overall prospect in the class of 2015, according to 24/7 Sports’ composite rankings.
Grandstaff chose the Buckeyes over offers from the Gators, Alabama Crimson Tide, Arizona Wildcats, Creighton Blue Jays, Georgetown Hoyas and Oregon Ducks, among others.
Grandstaff is the third verbal commitment for the Buckeyes, joining 4-star forward Mickey Mitchell, who is also from Texas and is friendly with Grandstaff, and 4-star point guard A.J. Harris.