After a day which saw Ohio State lose two of their more promising 2014 commitments to injury, the OSU football brain trust got a bit of good news late Monday evening.
Almost out of nowhere, as first reported by Scout's Corey Bender and 247Sports' Ryan Bartow, the Buckeyes landed the commitment of Miami product Carlton Davis. According to Bender and Bartow alike, Davis committed on air to 560 AM in Davis' hometown of Miami. Rivals' Marc Givler spoke with Davis after the broadcast and confirmed the commitment as well. 247Sports' Steve Wiltfong confirmed Davis is in the class Tuesday morning.
Davis, a 6'1, 182-pound safety of Norland High School in Miami, is a three-star in the 247Sports Composite rankings. He checks in as the 745th ranked player in the 2014 class, the 58th overall corner back, and the 97th best player out of the state of Florida. No experts on the 247Sports Crystal Ball had Davis going anywhere but Miami (FL), but Davis had offers including Alabama, Tennessee, Florida, Georgia, and Clemson.
Davis' commitment comes as almost a complete surprise, though he was at Friday Night Lights at the end of July. Givler went on to add that Davis told him he gave his commitment to Buckeyes co-defensive coordinator Chris Ash tonight. However, Davis also told South Florida High School Sports.com not long after the news broke, "I'm committed to Ohio State, but my recruiting is still open."
To see what the safety (who functionally replaces one time commitment Ben Edwards who later decommited for Auburn before ultimately reopening his process once again himself) potentially brings to the table, check out these highlights below: