Moyer Continues Ascension

7 Aug
RJ Jones

RJ Jones

School is going to start back up soon, meaning that the summer recruiting period is starting to come to a close. As the period wraps up, more and more Ohio prospects are taking visits to college campuses, as they attempt to find the right fit for the next level. With those visits come offers, and several Buckeye State prospects have attracted those offers this past week. Here’s the latest recruiting news from around the state…..

  • Matt Moyer – ’16 Columbus Gahanna Lincoln PF: The rising junior continued his meteoric rise to stardom this past week, picking up two elite high major offers in the process. Both the Ohio State Buckeyes and Syracuse Orange extended offers Moyer’s way, putting the Columbus area forward back on the national spotlight. The 2016 forward received his Syracuse offer after performing well in front of head coach Jim Boeheim at the Orange’s Elite Camp this week; while the Buckeyes offered a couple of days before, as they try and keep the local prospect in his home-state for his college years. Heading into the fall, Moyer is getting strong consideration for the top spot in our power forward rankings for the class of 2016, as it is currently pretty much neck-and-neck between him and Cleveland St. Edward product Derek Funderburk.
  • Jalen Avery – ’15 Cincinnati Shroder PG: The MAC recruiting picture cleared up a little bit this week when the Toledo Rockets added commitments from Indiana guards Jaelan Sanford and Chandler White, and for now it appears that Avery is the top priority of some of the in-state mid-majors. Avery picked up another offer on Thursday, earning a scholarship opportunity from new Ohio University head coach Saul Phillips while on an unofficial visit to the school’s Athens campus. The Bobcats join Kent State and Miami (OH) at the top of Avery’s list, while the Cincinnati city league guard is also considering Horizon League rival Wright State as well. One MAC coach told TDP this week that Avery, “would step into our league and be the best passer for four years, no questions asked,” adding to our report that the rising senior point guard is a commodity among mid-major recruiters.
  • David Dennis – ’15 Columbus Harvest Prep PG: The somewhat under the radar point guard from Columbus was the only Ohio player to actually accept a scholarship offer this past week, committing to Division II powerhouse West Liberty out of West Virginia. Dennis weighed several high profile Division II offers that he received in July, before eventually landing on West Liberty, who finished as runners-up last year after making it to the National Championship game. Dennis is a talented point guard with good size who is capable as a scorer or passer, and his ability to light up the scoreboard won’t go to waste at West Liberty, who is always among the highest scoring teams in the county.
  • Craig Randall – ’15 Phoenix Shadow Mountain (AZ) PG: While he no longer resides in Ohio, TDP still considers Randall, who starred for three years in Northeast Ohio (most recently at Medina) to be a Buckeye for life. This past weekend, the Phoenix area combo guard added his first Big Ten offer, receiving a scholarship from the Minnesota Gophers and their head coach Richard Pitino. A pure shooting lefty with a lot of offensive ability, Randall has accumulated mid and high major interest and offers these past few months, and could end up signing on either level. Always rated as one of Ohio’s top guards in a good 2015 class, expect for Randall to play both guard spots at the college level.
  • RJ Jones – ’15 Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary’s PG: Jones made headlines on Thursday, as he made his return to Ohio, transferring from Huntington Prep (WV) to Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary’s, one of Ohio’s most storied programs. Before spending the second half of his junior season at Huntington Prep, Jones previously spent his first two and a half seasons at Cleveland Benedictine. Returning to Ohio, Jones immediately makes Akron SVSM one of the favorites again at the D2 level in Ohio, as he’ll join fellow point guard, and University of Akron commit, Josh Williams in the Irish backcourt.
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