As National Signing Day draws closer, we’ll be profiling each of Ohio State’s class of 2017 signees and commits. With five 5-star prospects committed, the Buckeyes have put together what could end up being a historically talented class. Next up in our series is Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco 5-star offensive guard Wyatt Davis.
Wyatt Davis bio
High school: Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco
Weight: 310 pounds
Position: Offensive guard
Overall ranking: No. 24 (247Sports composite)
Position ranking: No. 1 (247Sports composite)
Early enrollee: No
Revisiting his recruitment
Significant offers: Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Auburn, Cal, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Miami (Fla.), Michigan, Mississippi State, Missouri, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas A&M, UCLA, USC, Washington
Commitment date: June 24, 2016
What happened: Ohio State got in on Davis later than other schools, but the Buckeyes got some help. Davis is friends with Haskell Garrett, who was already committed to Ohio State and played matchmaker. The Buckeyes offered him on May 2, 2016, and he visited June 18. Whatever perceived lead Alabama held in his recruitment quickly vanished. One week later, he committed to Ohio State.
“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 at the time. “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 football didn’t work out.”
Where he fits
Davis probably will play guard at Ohio State, but he has the size, athleticism and ability to play anywhere on the offensive line if needed. He’s walking into a situation where he’ll have a chance to play right away. All-America right guard Billy Price is moving to center, so there’s an opening at that spot. And, as the Fiesta Bowl showed, guard isn’t a spot exactly teeming with depth right now.
Will he play in 2017?
He will. He may not start, but Davis will play. He’s at the same level as guys like Jamarco Jones, Isaiah Prince and Michael Jordan, who also avoided redshirting. Davis absolutely dominated in high school, and the jump to college won’t be daunting enough to keep him off the field entirely.
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