Dotting the ‘Eyes: Danny Davis talks about his decision to not camp at Ohio State, Darnay Holmes reps Buckeyes rings and more
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USA Today All-American Offense features Buckeyes, targets
Ohio State’s 2017 recruiting class is the country’s top-ranked class and so because of that it’s not a surprise to see many of their commitments and targets popping up on a number of preseason All-American lists.
The latest publication to announce their preseason selections are the folks from USA Today High School Sports. On Tuesday afternoon, they released their offensive selections and there’s certainly a pretty good amount of Buckeye influence on the list.
Here are the Ohio State commitments who were named preseason All-Americans:
- OL • Wyatt Davis • St. John’s Bosco • Bellflower, California • National Ranking (Pos.): 1
- OL • Josh Myers • Miamisburg • Miamisburg, Ohio • National Ranking (Pos.): 2
- K • Blake Haubeil • Canisius • Buffalo, New York • National Ranking (Pos.): 1
A number of potential Buckeyes also made the cut, including their top remaining targets at running back and wide receiver.
- RB • Cam Akers • Clinton • Clinton, Mississippi • National Ranking (Pos.): 2
- WR • Donovan Peoples-Jones • Cass Tech • Detroit, Michigan • National Ranking (Pos.): 1
- WR • Trevon Grimes • St. Thomas Aquinas • Fort Lauderdale, Florida • National Ranking (Pos.): 3
Future Michigan quarterback Dylan McCaffrey is the only other player committed to a Big Ten school to make the list. USA Today High School Sports will release their defensive selections on Wednesday.
Why didn’t Danny Davis camp at Ohio State?
With no commitments at wide receiver (yet) and a number of very talented wideouts in Ohio, it’s hard for some people to understand why the Buckeyes haven’t pushed harder for players like Cleveland Heights’ Jaylen Harris and Springfield’s Danny Davis. While Ohio State offered Harris over a year ago, they’ve not yet tried to push him toward a commitment and with Davis, a 4-star prospect that is considered one of the state’s most exciting athletes, they asked him to come camp a number of times in the last year, but he wasn’t interested.
“They wanted me to come camp as a defensive back,” Davis told Landof10. “I don’t have interest in that.”
Because of that disconnect, Davis and the Buckeyes have not had any contact in months, not since wide receivers coach Zach Smith was there in the spring. In their stead, a host of other schools in the region have stepped up their contact.
“I talk the most probably with Penn State, West Virginia, Michigan State, Kentucky, Wisconsin, and Oregon just offered,” Davis said. “I’ve not talked to Ohio State at all recently.”
If you’re looking for any Ohio wide receiver to end up a Buckeye, it’s likely to be Harris, and it seems you can scratch Davis off the list.
Darnay Holmes repping Buckeyes
You shouldn’t put too much stock into Twitter, obviously, but it’s always interesting when players represent different schools on their social media, especially when they’re doing so somewhat unintentionally.
Take Darnay Holmes, a 5-star cornerback from Calabasas (Calif.) who, on Monday, posted a photo where he’s wearing a number of championship rings that happen to be Ohio State-related.
— Darnay Holmes (@ProwayDarnay) August 15, 2016
Holmes’ tweet was not about Ohio State, but rather to say he and his team have championship aspirations this fall, but there’s no doubt the hardware on his hands, with the Buckeyes swag, keeps Urban Meyer’s team on his mind.
His recent visit to Michigan still fresh in his mind, Holmes recruitment is going to get very interesting over the next few months. The Wolverines and UCLA, according to people that I’ve spoken with about him, are the two schools that are causing a lot of concern for the Buckeyes, though Nebraska has continued their place in the conversation too.
Brian Snead talks about his early commitment with Rivals.com
Ohio State has two commitments in their 2018 class, quarterback Emory Jones and running back Brian Snead. We’ve spoken at length about Jones over and over and you should be pretty familiar with the Franklin (Ga.) 5-star gunslinger.
As for Snead? He’s been pretty quiet since his July 22 commitment, choosing to head back to Florida – he’s from Tampa – and focus on his junior season at Sneffner’s Armwood High School.
He did however speak to Rivals.com analyst Rob Cassidy, who tracked him down after a practice at Armwood, about why he decided commit to Ohio State and potentially (he’s from Florida, it’s never over until they sign) end his recruitment.
“It was one of the best offers I have,” Snead said on Friday. “When I went on the visit, it felt like home. I was vibing with everyone. They told me great things, and I know they can really help my future.”
What’s interesting is that right now, since his commitment, Snead told Cassidy he’s not been hearing from many other schools. Is that because his Ohio State pledge is so strong or because open season on communicating with rising juniors doesn’t begin until Sept. 1? Probably the latter, if we’re being honest, but that’s not stopped one Buckeyes rival from trying to sway him.
“I haven’t been hearing from that many coaches,” Snead said. “Florida and Alabama still talk to me, but really nobody else.”
Snead is the country’s seventh-ranked 2018 running back. He’s been recruited by Ohio State’s Tony Alford.