It was a busy day in the world of Ohio State recruiting, as the Buckeyes picked up what seems to be a verbal commitment from '15 safety Carlton Davis out of Miami, FL. The really amazing thing about Davis committing is that no one in the recruiting services had any clue of how it came to be that the Buckeyes took Davis. Initially only Davis confirmed he was committed to Ohio State, but also still told a local news outlet that his recruitment is still wide open.
As if it could get any weirder, Davis' 247Sports Crystal Ball had all 17 predictions in for the Miami Hurricanes, who appeared to be the favorites throughout his whole recruitment. Now that he's said he's just getting started, we'll have to wait and see what becomes of the current Buckeye, but I would suspect we'll see some moving around before too long. 247Sports' Steve Wiltfong confirmed early Tuesday that Davis was a take, but with his desire to still take visits, you might want to write this one down in pencil.
We'll have more on the hard-hitting safety soon, so keep your eyes peeled.
As Land-Grant Holy Land's own Bret Favachio mentioned, 247Sports has released their top 100 rankings for the recruiting class of 2017, and current Ohio State commitment QB Danny Clark found himself slotted in the top 50 at 43rd overall. That ranking puts him at a four-star in the 247Sports Composite, and the second best pro-style quarterback in the nation as well as being the second best prospect overall at any position from the state of Ohio.
The title for the first overall player from the Buckeye state, if you were wondering, belongs to '17 OT Josh Myers who already holds offers from Alabama, Cincinnati, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Tennessee, and West Virginia, among others.
Along with Myers (No. 3 in the country overall), who is a high Buckeye target, some other notable players to make the top 100 that Ohio State is closely watching include '17 WR Trevon Grimes at 10th, '17 WR Donovan Peoples-Jones at 12th, '17 ATH Bruce Judson at 16th, '17 WR Jeff Thomas at 20th, and '17 ATH Richard LeCounte at 21st.
Those names are just a small sample size of what head coach Urban Meyer and his staff are trying to bring in to Ohio State's program, and they're very good at what they do, so become familiar with the names as soon as you can to help keep up to date with their latest happenings.
Southern schools swarming to 4-star OL Matt Burrell (@HeaftyLefty0), but he tells me Penn State, Ohio State and "maybe" Michigan are in mix.— Tyler Donohue (@TDsTake) August 11, 2014
Switching gears for a moment, '15 OL Matthew Burrell has been a recruit that has been constantly showing up in our State Secrets every now and then, as the recruitment for the offensive lineman continues. Burrell, as you can see above, is being recruited heavily by some of the schools in the SEC, which should come as no surprise. Still, it's worth keeping an eye on, especially since the Buckeyes are considered favorites to end up with a verbal commitment from Burrell at some point.
Finally, '15 five-star LB Malik Jefferson will be announcing his decision on December 19, according to the man himself. Jefferson cited that the reason he chose that day is because it's his last day due to graduating early. The all-everything linebacker has been a top prospect for much of his recruitment, and it will be interesting to see who he selects by the time December rolls around. As of now, Texas A&M (64 percent) leads the pack of Texas (33 percent) and Baylor (3 percent), with Ohio State and Alabama having an outside shot according to the 247Sports Crystal Ball.