Picture credited to Jason Werling of the Sandusky Register
The recruiting efforts of the Ohio State staff are show in the abilities to receive early commitments from players not yet finished with their junior season. The trend continues as Ohio State's class of freshmen for the 2012-13 season has now grown by one with the commitment of infielder Xavier Turner of Sandusky.
Turner joins Delaware's Jacob Bosiokovic and Canton South's Logan Bowels as part of the 2012 recruiting class.
The 6'1 first basemen Turner is a two-sport athlete having been named a third-team Division I All-Northwest District selection in basketball after averaging 14.5 points on the hardwood. (Incoming Buckeye Matt Wisler was named second team in the same district in Division II)
Turner's athleticism and physical abilities surely caught the attention of the Ohio State and projects to be a player that can provide middle-of-the-order power anchoring the Buckeyes bats.
Turner joins Wisler and incoming freshman Austin Achter as Buckeyes to be from the Northwest portion of the state, an area that went untapped by the previous staff but a rich recruiting bed Beals knows well from his time in Muncie, Indiana as the coach at Ball State.
Video of a bases loaded triple off the bat of Turner, a Second-team All-Ohio selection as a sophomore, can be found here.