June 24, 2016
Wyatt Davis, get acquainted with Columbus. The 5-star guard announced his decision to attend Ohio State on Friday, selecting the Buckeyes over offers from Alabama, UCLA and a number of other high-profile schools across the nation, according to Bill Rabinowitz of the Columbus Dispatch.
Listed at 6’5″ and 310 pounds, Davis is the No. 14 overall prospect, top-ranked offensive guard and fifth-rated player in the state of California, per 247Sports. He had been projected to go to Alabama early in the process, with 247Sports’ Crystal Ball predictions giving him an 86 percent chance of landing in Tuscaloosa.
Those numbers swung in Ohio State’s favor as his decision came close. The Crystal Ball rankings had him at 70 percent for the Buckeyes before Friday.
“He has the obvious measurables that are going to be as good as anybody out there,” Davis’ high school head coach, Jason Negro, said of Davis, per Damon Sayles of Bleacher Report. “He’s super physical, and he’s got tremendous footwork. What I like is that he’s extremely unassuming. You would not know he’s a 5-star and one of the best offensive linemen in the country.”
Davis’ decision to make his commitment now, then, comes as a bit of a surprise. While he’s a ready-made product with nearly every major offer on the table, offering his verbal before going through his visits runs contrary to his previous plan.
As it stands, Ohio State gets an early boost to its recruiting effort. Davis is big and agile, within a few pounds of muscle of looking ready for the NFL. With more than a full year to get himself into collegiate shape, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him playing on Sundays in a few years.
“He’s constantly trying to get better at his game. That’s what makes our team go,” Negro said, per Sayles. “When our best players work that hard, it’s easy to get the other kids to raise their levels of practice play.”
For now, he’ll have to settle for being among the first major signees for Urban Meyer in 2017.
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