Five-star recruit DJ Carton announced Saturday that he intends to play for Ohio State in 2019.
Carton, a coveted point guard from Bettendorf, Iowa, selected the Buckeyes over fellow finalists Michigan and Indiana. His commitment represents a victory for Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann, who replaced Thad Matta last offseason after a successful run with Butler.
According to 247Sports.com, Carton is the No. 2 point guard in his class and the No. 21 prospect in the nation. He revealed his commitment on Instagram after visiting Ohio State's campus earlier this week.
"I got that gut feeling," Carton said to 247Sports. "That's what it came down to.
"It actually hit me on my way home. It hit me just being there. The team, I felt like a part of the family. I just came so close with those guys in a short amount of time. I was close with the coaching staff, they have a big future. I feel like overall the relationship was there. I just got that gut feeling in my stomach that it was the place for me."
Ohio State also has landed a Class of 2019 four-star recruit, forward Alonzo Gaffney, who figures to play alongside Carton. The Buckeyes have the top 2019 recruiting class in the Big Ten and the No. 4 class in the nation so far, according to 247Sports.
"What I plan to bring to the table is a form of leadership," Carton said. "I'm a high-energy guy that others would like to play with. I can keep the energy of the team positive. I can bring some excitement to Columbus. I want to start a winning culture there with the coaches and hopefully bring us a national championship."