One of the most frustrating things about being a teenager these days is that many of them, apparently, feel people don’t really hear when they speak. Ohio State commitment Wyatt Davis, a 5-star offensive guard from Bellflower, Calif., is experiencing that a lot lately.
First, in December, rumors began to swirl that St. John Bosco star was considering a flip to nearby USC. Davis rebuffed them. When asked what the genesis of that speculation was, he was as confused as the people hearing them.
“I have no idea,” Davis told Land of 10. “I’m not going there.”
A month later, California’s Mr. Football was once again linked to another school, again in the Pac-12. This time, it was Washington. Davis was rumored to be planning a visit to see the Huskies. He rebuked that rumor, as well.
“No, I am not visiting there,” Davis told Land of 10 on Tuesday. “To be honest, I don’t know where these rumors come from.”
This week, the speculation is that Davis is interested in visiting Oregon and could flip to the Ducks and decide to play for Willie Taggart. Why? Where is that coming from? Some believe the departure of Ed Warinner, who didn’t recruit Davis and coached Ohio State’s tight ends last year, is a factor. Why? No one knows, because that doesn’t make a lot of sense. But certainly Warinner’s ability to develop offensive linemen matters.
However, it’s been Greg Studrawa recruiting the country’s top-ranked guard and Studrawa remains in Columbus. Ohio State has only one other offensive line commitment in its 2017 class and has a stunning lack of depth on the offensive line, meaning a player of Davis’ caliber will have every chance to duplicate the success of Michael Jordan, who started as a true freshman guard for the Buckeyes in 2016.
So, the Oregon rumors?
“No, I’m not visiting Oregon,” Davis told Land of 10 early Wednesday morning. “I have no clue why the rumors keep coming.”
Apparently they didn’t stop, because just moments ago, Davis felt it necessary to clarify his intention for the world via Twitter.
All the rumors about me not going to Ohio State are crazy I'm 100% a Buckeye!
— Wavy Dub (@wyattdavis53) January 26, 2017
In recruiting today, anything is possible and yes — a recruit saying he’s 100-percent committed doesn’t always mean he is — but since Davis has been pledged to the Buckeyes in June he’s made no visits elsewhere and has not played the recruiting “game.” If he decides to visit somewhere other than Ohio State, that’s certainly his prerogative but he has no reason to make a public declaration of his intentions (being “100 percent committed to Ohio State) if that were the case.
At this point, taking the 6-foot-5, 310-pounder at his word is the best you can do.