As expected, Bellflower (Ca.) St. John Bosco 5-star offensive lineman Wyatt Davis has committed to Ohio State.
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The country’s top-ranked offensive guard and 14th-ranked overall prospect in the 2017 class, Davis visited Columbus last weekend for the first time and came away very impressed with the Ohio State program.
Today, less than a week later, he’s the 14th member of the Buckeyes top-ranked recruiting class.
“I made the choice to commit to Ohio State because I felt like the environment is an environment in which I can reach my goals,” Davis told Landof10.com. “I felt at Ohio State I can truly develop into a great football player and a great man. I felt the type of lessons and lectures (Urban) Meyer provides his players will help me in the future, job-wise, just in case if football didn’t work out.”
Initially believed to be leaning towards Alabama, Ohio State got into the mix for Davis in early May. Since then the combination of Urban Meyer, Ed Warinner and Greg Studrawa have made him one of their top priorities, especially Studrawa, who really zeroed in and became the driving force for Ohio State in this recruitment.
Those efforts, buoyed by a friendship between Davis and a pair of Buckeye commitments – quarterback Tate Martell and defensive tackle Haskell Garrett – brought the Scarlet and Gray into the running for the 6-foot-5, 310 pound lineman, even though it appeared they were hanging on the periphery of his recruitment.
That apparently was not the case. The developing interest from both sides culminated in last week’s visit and the chance to sit down with Meyer and his staff in Columbus gave Davis a unique look at the Buckeyes head coach. Meyer himself escorted Davis and his family around campus, giving a personal touch to his visit that stood out from other places he’d been.
Spending that time with Meyer, learning about what Ohio State has to offer off the field as well as on it, that’s what made the difference to Davis.
A member of the Braves’ 2014 national championship team, Davis will participate in Nike’s The Opening in Oregon on July 6-10.
As noted, the newest commitment moves Ohio State back into the top spot in the 247Sports.com national rankings, a spot they’ve held for much of the last year. The California star is the third offensive lineman in this cycle to verbal to the Buckeyes, joining a pair of tackles, 5-star prospect Josh Myers (Miamisburg, Oh.) and 4-star prospect Jake Moretti (Arvada, Co).
Davis is the third 5-star prospect in the Buckeyes class, a distinction he shares with Myers and Jacksonville cornerback Shaun Wade.
Stay tuned to Landof10.com for more on Ohio State’s latest commitment, California 5-star offensive lineman Wyatt Davis.