Ohio State Signs Jensen Caretti To National Letter Of Intent

Jensen Caretti, ranked No. 31 in the nation, joins Kiara Lewis, ranked 22nd, in Ohio State's recruiting class. Courtesy John Howley

Jensen Caretti, a virtual unknown on the recruiting trail until about five months ago, signed a national letter of intent to Ohio State on Friday.

The 6-foot-1 shooting guard with a 76-inch wingspan and outstanding leaping ability also had been considering South Carolina, North Carolina and Pittsburgh.

"I visited four schools and felt that Ohio State was the place for me to call home," Caretti said. "It is close for my parents to watch me play on a regular basis.

"It has been a busy few months for me and my family and I am excited to be a Buckeye."

Caretti had become one of the most intriguing -- and mysterious -- prospects in the 2016 class. One of 11 children in her family, Caretti lives in the tiny town of Clarington, Ohio. The closest grocery store is about a 20-minute drive. She has started for her high school team, River High, since she was a freshman. As a junior, she averaged 24 points, 12 rebounds and 3 blocks last season.

"She has springs like I've never seen," said Kirk Perry, who runs the Cleveland-based Next Level AAU program and could not believe his eyes when he saw Caretti at a tournament in June. "She will block shots and pin them against the backboard -- things you rarely see girls do."

Caretti joins Kiara Lewis, a 5-8 point guard at Whitney Young (Chicago) and the No. 22 prospect in the nation, in the Buckeyes' class.

Read more about Caretti here.