BEAVERTON, Ore. – Ohio State commitment Wyatt Davis didn’t know what to expect when he came to The Opening, but by the time it was over on Sunday afternoon, the nation’s top-ranked offensive guard wasn’t ready to leave.
“It was great, I wish we had another day to be honest,” Davis told Landof10 with a smile on Sunday afternoon. “It was so fun, just competing with the best. It can only make you better.”
Davis did just that, working overtime on Sunday and being named one of the Top 5 offensive linemen in the camp’s “Lineman Challenge” competition.
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Davis committed to Ohio State just over three weeks ago and since then he’s been focusing on getting ready for The Opening and for his senior year at St. John’s Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.), though he came to Oregon ready to put on his recruiter hat.
“I wanted to do my part, to help bring in the best class in the country,” Davis said. “It was fun trying to get all these guys to come to Ohio State. It’s funny being the recruiter, but I’ve been really trying to get Jeffrey Okudah and Xavier Thomas. I’ve been on the lookout. I’m on Jaiden Woodbey at my school, every day.”
For the 6-foot-5, 310-pound Davis, it’s about spreading the message that drew him to Ohio State. He made one visit to Columbus, one week before he committed, and he knew immediately it was the place he wanted to be.
“Mainly, just walking around, I envisioned myself at Ohio State, even without football,” he said when asked what it was that made the once difficult decision so easy for him. “I will love it there. Something just connected with me, for my aspirations to become a great football player, but even more than that, for becoming a man. That life after football, that’s what Urban Meyer really talks about and cares about. That’s what made it click for me.”
As one of only a handful of players from the West Coast offered and targeted by the Buckeyes, Davis said he feels good knowing the Buckeyes were paying attention to his game, even though they offered “late” – not doing until May.
“I understand the wait, being a West Coast guy, for those schools in the Midwest, they don’t really need to offer linemen from out here,” Davis said. “It was humbling they offered at all, it shows they really do care about me even though they didn’t have to recruit me. The wait for the offer didn’t bother me at all.”
Davis has no plans for the summer. He won’t take any other college visits and won’t likely make it to Ohio State again until his official visit on November 26, when the Buckeyes take on Michigan. Since his commitment, things have quieted down and that’s just how he likes it. There is, however, one school that has continued to try and talk to him about keeping an open mind.
“You know, there haven’t been many schools trying since I committed,” Davis said. “It’s been quiet. Michigan has been in contact, but that’s all. Schools know I’m done. I’m not taking other visits, I’m only visiting Ohio State when they play Michigan.”