COLUMBUS, Ohio Pete Hanson, Ohio State men’s volleyball head coach announced Thursday the addition of three standout student-athletes who will join the 2011-12 squad. Michael Henchy, Matthew Pohlman and Nathan Knuttilla have signed National Letters of Intent to play for the Buckeyes beginning in the 2012 season.

“The 2011 class excites me with the skill set and physical potential each young man brings to OSU,” Hanson, who enters his 26th season, said. “They are special talents on the volleyball court with great character and will be superb representatives of The Ohio State University.”

Henchy is a 6’7″ outside hitter from Ventura, Calif. He played for Ventura High School and the Spectrum Volleyball Club. A middle blocker in 2009, he made the transition to outside hitter this past summer and has played for former national team member Chris Harger.

“When we first saw Michael, we were so impressed with his size and agility we had to keep watching him,” Hanson said. “The more we saw him play, the more we liked what we saw. After just one conversation with Michael and his family, we were so impressed with his maturity and knowledge we knew he would be a great fit to our program.”

Pohlman is a 6’8″ outside hitter from Scottsdale, Ariz. He played for Brophy Prep High School and the Arizona Premier Volleyball Club. Pohlman is another tall outside attacker that has good raw athletic ability. He plays with a top high school program in Arizona and a great club program with APV. His father, Tim, is no stranger to Ohio as he played college basketball at the University of Dayton.

“We are excited to get Matt in the gym and see what he can do right away,” Hanson said. “He has good arm speed and a great feel for the game.”

Knuuttila is a 6’5″ outside hitter from Allen, Texas. He attended Allen High School but he and his family moved to Southern California for his junior year so he could participate with the Seaside Volleyball Club. Nathan was named captain and a starting outside hitter for Seaside in 2010. His team captured the 17-open Gold medal at the U.S. Junior Olympic Tournament where he was named to the all-tournament team.

“Nathan is a very committed and driven young man,” Hanson said. “He has been successful everywhere he has played and we look forward to continuing that tradition here in St. John Arena.”

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