Buckeyes Have More Prospects Than Available Scholarships

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio State has three scholarships to offer but at least four top prospects, eight days before the start of the spring signing period.

J.J. Sullinger, a 6-foot-5, 200-pound guard, confirmed Monday that he intends to transfer from Arkansas after one season there and hopes to play at Ohio State, The Columbus Dispatch reported.

OSU coach Jim O'Brien cannot offer a scholarship to Sullinger, who went to high school in suburban Columbus, until Arkansas releases him from his scholarship.

Marcus Morrison, a 6-foot-6, 190-pound guard from St. Petersburg, Fla., said he has been offered a scholarship and plans an official visit to Ohio State this weekend. He said he will sign with the Buckeyes if he enjoys the visit.

Tony Stockman, a 6-foot-1, 165-pound guard who has been released from his scholarship at Clemson so he can play closer to home in Medina, said Monday that he also wants to be a Buckeye but has not been offered a scholarship.

Sullinger and Stockman would not be eligible to play next season because of NCAA transfer rules.

Shun Jenkins, a 6-foot-6, 230-pound power forward from Itawamba Community College in Fulton, Miss., also plans to visit Ohio State this weekend.

The signing period runs April 10 through May 15.

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