The Ohio State men’s basketball program secured its second commitment for the 2024 class on Sunday, garnering a verbal pledge from Ottawa (Ohio) Glandorf three-star small forward Colin White (6-6, 180).
White is currently tabbed as the 153rd-best prospect in the class and No. 5 player in Ohio per 247Sports’ composite rankings. He chose the Buckeyes over Butler, Cincinnati, Northwestern and TCU.
“I’ve been an Ohio State fan my entire life living in mid-northwest Ohio,” White said after making his announcement live on YouTube. “And the belief that the coaching staff had in me as a player, that’s one of the main things. They believe in my game. They believe in me as a person. And I just love all the guys over there, the coaching staff, coach Diebler and coach Holtmann, they’re great. And the style of play really fits me.”
The Ottawa, Ohio native made multiple trips to Columbus before committing, most recently earlier this summer, when he participated in Ohio State’s two-day high school team camp held at Value City Arena from June 8-9. After flashing his versatility as an athletic wing in front of head coach Chris Holtmann and associate head coach Jake Diebler, White earned an offer from the program over a month later on July 20.
“(Buckeyes fans) are getting a player that is 100 percent committed to Ohio State,” White said on Sunday. “He’s going to give blood to Ohio State. He’s going to dive on the floor. … He’s coming in there to win and he’s coming in there to make an impact.”
In his first three seasons at Ottawa-Glandorf, White helped lead the Titans to back-to-back OHSAA boys’ basketball Division-III championship game appearances and took home the Division-III Northwest Ohio Player of the Year award in his junior campaign, an honor he shared with 2023 Ohio State commitment Austin Parks. He has also displayed his skills at the AAU level, competing for Indiana Elite throughout the past two years.
With White’s announcement, Ohio State now holds two commitments for the class of 2024. The Buckeyes received their first verbal pledge from Wasatch Academy (Utah) four-star guard John Mobley Jr. on Oct. 16, who is ranked as the nation’s 45th-best prospect and No. 1 player in Utah.