Moments ago, Ohio State added another key piece to their highly-ranked recruiting class, bringing another talented prospect in to Urban Meyer’s program. What will their latest verbal bring to Columbus on, and off, the field?
The Buckeyes added a mega-commitment this evening as 5-star offensive lineman Wyatt Davis picked Ohio State over Alabama, Notre Dame, Michigan and others.
What are they getting from this big new addition? Let’s take a look.
As a football player
If you were building an offensive lineman in a lab, Wyatt Davis’ measurables are pretty much exactly where you’d start. As a 6-foot-5, 310 pound guard, the St. John Bosco product is in a class of his own thanks to his low center-of-gravity and above-average “punch.”
He’s a devastating run-blocker who excels at the point-of-contact and has an unrelenting, nasty attitude from whistle-to-whistle.
Haskell Garrett, a 4-star defensive tackle committed to Ohio State, told Landof10.com that Davis’ athleticism may be his greatest asset.
“I went against him at the Nike regionals, in the final five,” Garrett said. “He has great body control. He’s very long and takes up a lot of space. He’s also got great feet and hands.”
Davis will likely start his college career at guard, but he’s got the long arms and footwork that could see him develop into a tackle by the time his career in Columbus is finished. Todd Huber, who is responsible for coaching and selecting offensive lineman for StudentSports.com, the group who puts on The Opening, sees a bright future for the newest Ohio State commit.
“I look at Wyatt as a guy who has 5-position versatility,” Huber said. “He has tackle length and his basketball background gives him incredible side-to-side, short-area quickness. He’s a really bright kid that can come in and learn all five positions and plug in where he’s needed early on before eventually finding a permanent home. For me, he compares to a guy like Toa Lobendahn or Max Tuerk at USC.”
His role in the 2017 recruiting class
With his commitment, Davis – the 14th-ranked player in the nation – becomes the second-highest ranked player in Ohio State’s class, behind only Miamisburg, Ohio’s Josh Myers. Along with Myers and Jacksonville’s Shaun Wade, Davis is the Scarlet and Gray’s third 5-star pledge for 2017.
The third offensive lineman in the class, Davis is the second verbal for the Buckeyes in June, joining his friend, four-star quarterback Tate Martell, who picked Ohio State on June 12th.
The 14th player in the Buckeyes class, Davis is the first Californian to choose Ohio State since tight end Marcus Baugh in 2013. On Thursday, Alabama took control of the No. 1 spot on the 247Sports.com recruiting rankings, bumping the Buckeyes to No. 2 for the first time this year. With Davis in the fold, Ohio State moves back to No. 1.
Davis will get his first chance to really get to know his future teammates in two weeks at Nike’s The Opening. He’ll join nine other Ohio State commitments (Martell, JK Dobbins, Myers, Garrett, Antjuan Simmons, Brendon White, Marcus Williamson, Shaun Wade and Isaiah Pryor) in Beaverton for the summer’s premier recruiting event. Another Buckeye commit, Colorado’s Jake Moretti, earned an invitation but will not participate because of a recent injury.
The off-the-field, intangible-type stuff
To land a player of Davis’ caliber at any point in the recruiting cycle is a big win. To reel in this particular 5-star, a Californian who made only one brief visit to campus – is huge. And it’s even better to take him away from the likes of Alabama, Notre Dame and Michigan. That’s a whole different level and puts the power of the Ohio State brand on full display.
Beyond that win, the Buckeyes are getting a well-rounded person, not just a good football player, with Davis. He’s a 4.0 student who understands the importance of handling his business in the classroom and the weight room.
To succeed in a program like Urban Meyer’s, it takes a unique personality-type and Davis meets that expectation as well.
He’s the son of actor Duane Davis and the grandson of NFL Hall of Fame defensive end Willie Davis, a unique combination of bloodlines and background that should serve him well at competition-fueled Ohio State.
“He checks all the boxes,” one source close to the recruitment said. “He’s got everything you’re looking for in an offensive lineman.”