COLUMBUS, Ohio – The St. Vincent-St. Mary basketball team was in town, so four Ohio State coaches saved some gas money while watching some prized recruits.
Among those in attendance at the St. V-M vs. Marion-Franklin game Saturday night were Ohio State basketball coach Thad Matta, assistant Jeff Boals and two football assistants, co-defensive coordinator Luke Fickell and defensive line coach Mike Vrabel.
The Basketball Buckeyes are after freshman V.J. King, while the football team has interest in three St. V-M basketball players, juniors Dante Booker, Parris Campbell and Newman Williams.
Booker, a four-star prospect, is rated by Scout.com as the second-best linebacker prospect nationally in the class of 2014. He holds an Ohio State offer. Williams and Campbell have interest from dozens of schools, including Ohio State.
Williams, also a linebacker prospect, received an offer from Nebraska following his performance in St. V-M’s Div. III state title game win last month, a game Urban Meyer and Fickell watched from the sideline. Campbell, a 15-year old junior, used his long, powerful strides for 28 touchdowns last season and is drawing more and more college interest with each passing week.
King stayed in Columbus Saturday night with his family and is attending today’s Ohio State – Michigan game. King made an unofficial visit to campus in September, and Matta offered him a scholarship the following day.