New Ohio State coach Burch lands first recruiting class

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Coach Kevin Burch delivered with his first recruiting class.

The new Ohio State head coach announced Friday that three high school all-state selections and two players who competed at international events have all committed to play for the Buckeyes starting in 2021.

“We are eager to add five Buckeyes that fit the program as well off the court as they do on the court,” Burch said in a statement. “All five represent what makes The Ohio State University, our athletics department and men’s volleyball program special. Our staff and student-athletes are excited to work with them in our efforts to achieve our collective goals. You win with people and we look forward to the addition of five great people to the Buckeye family.”

Jacob Pasteur, a 6-foot-4 outside attacker from Westminster, Maryland, was selected to the All-Tournament Team for the international division at the 2019 USA Volleyball High Performance Championship.

Noah Platfoot, a 6-foot-2 setter from Hilliard, Ohio, finished his junior season earning First-Team All-State honors with his high school team.

Tommy Poole, a 5-foot-9 libero, also ended the 2019 high school season receiving an All-State honorable mention.

Sotiris Siapanis, a 6-foot-3 outside attacker from Limassol, Cyprus, is a member of the Cyprus Men’s National Team. In addition, Siapanis at the European Small State Games earlier this year led the tournament in scoring.

Nate Wilson, a 6-foot-2 outside attacker and libero from Mount Wolf, Pennsylvania, was named to the First-Team All-State as he led his school to a state championship for the second time in his high school career.

Ohio State has won three of the last four MIVA championships, but ended an injury plagued 2019 season in sixth place in the MIVA and lost in the conference tournament quarterfinals. Burch in the offseason was promoted to head coach following the retirement of Hall of Fame coach Pete Hanson

Among the starters returning for the Buckeyes in 2020 includes All-MIVA opposite Jake Hanes, who finished last season third in the nation averaging 4.36 kills per game despite missing part of regular season with an injury.