Devin Royal is a key prospect out of Ohio for the class of 2023. He’s also staying home for college, picking Chris Holtmann and Ohio State for his commitment on Wednesday.

Royal is one of the top small forwards nationally and was also considering Michigan State and Alabama for his commitment. Instead, the 6-foot-7 Royal out of Pickerington Central High School will suit up for the Buckeyes.

According to the 247 Sports Composite Rankings, Royal is the No. 73 player in the country and the 14th SF in the country. Royal is also the No. 2 player out of Ohio for the cycle.

After landing the 8th-best recruiting class in the 2022 cycle, Holtmann and the Buckeyes are off to another strong start for 2023. Royal joins a pair of 4-star prospects in George Washington III and Austin Parks, fellow players out of Ohio.

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