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Eric Dailey Jr. signing adds to talented 2023 OSU class

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Mike Boynton and Eric Dailey Jr.

Eric Dailey Jr. is the fifth recruit in the class of 2023 to commit to OSU. Dailey Jr. is a 6-foot-7 power forward from IMG Academy and ranked No. 60 in his class. He turned down offers from Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan and Memphis. 

Mike Boynton adds to his talented 2023 recruiting class.

Eric Dailey Jr., a four-star power forward from IMG Academy in Florida, announced his commitment to OSU on Wednesday.

Dailey is the No. 60 recruit in his class per 247Sports ranking of the 2023 class. Dailey began as a member of the 2022 class and reclassified, receiving offers from Kansas, Florida State, Kentucky, Michigan, TCU and Texas A&M among others. 

Dailey chose OSU over the Memphis Tigers and turning professional.

“It’s definitely been a long road,” Dailey Jr. said. “Making the decision to come back and do a post-grad year I just really wanted to develop my game, work on some things and be the best player I can be going on to the next level.”  

Boynton, OSU basketball coach, coached Dailey with USA Basketball in the summer, deepening their connection and was part of why Dailey chose OSU.

“It's based off relationships and me and coach Boynton had a good relationship from the start,” Dailey said. “He was actually my USA coach at U18 this past summer and he’s known me since (I was) a kid. I think just playing in that conference, one of the best conferences in college basketball is a big plus and when I got on campus for my visit it was family-oriented and they showed a lot of love. I feel like I can trust coach Boynton with my future.”

Dailey joins a recruiting class of four that was ranked No. 13 before today:

-Brandon Garrison, Oklahoma City, center, 6-foot-9, 205, four stars.

-Justin McBride, Plano, TX, power forward, 6-foot-7, 210, four stars.

-Jamyron Keller, Kileen, TX, combo guard, 6-foot-1, 190, three stars.

-Connor Dow, Broken Arrow, OK, small forward, 6-foot-five, 180, three stars.

Dailey already knows Garrison through USA Basketball and has known McBride for years.

“Me and BG played together this summer, I played with him in the EYBL so I already kind of knew him and Justin Mcbride played with my cousin at Plano High School so I already knew him from that relationship,” Dailey said. “All of us we got the same mentality, we want to win and we want to get better at our craft. And I think going into next year we’ll all just push eachother and having some veteran guys as well and coach Boynton on us every day, I mean we can only get better doing that.”

Dailey Jr. described himself as an emotional, energetic player who plays with passion. He said he is good at all three levels and makes his teammates better.

“You can expect a show for sure,” Dailey said.

sports.ed@ocolly.com