Davis makes 17 for 2016
Ohio State doesn't play against Virginia Tech for just under another two months. However, that didn't stop the Buckeyes from winning an off-season victory against the Hokies. In case you missed it, yesterday, Ohio State picked up a commitment from 2016 CB Wayne Davis. Davis is a 4-star product from Norfolk, VA and attends Lake Taylor High School where current Ohio State player Jalyn Holmes also attended. The 5-foot-11, 187-pound CB is a top ten player from the state of Virginia and a top 50 CB in the nation. Holding offers from the likes of Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, Miami, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, and more, Davis chose to spend his college years in Columbus. If this name is new to you, don't worry. Ohio State's staff and players were more than thrilled to secure a commitment from the Virginia product. To see some reasons why Davis chose Ohio State, check out his interview here with scout.com.
The Pipeline to #TheProgram B M— Zach Smith #Zone6 (@CoachZachSmith) July 9, 2015
@Waynedavis1_ welcome bro ! Made my day knowing I'm playing with Family! LAKE TAYLOR GANG— Black Mamba (@JayHolmes_) July 9, 2015
The Opening updates
As many of you have already seen and read, Nike's The Opening is taking place right now in Oregon. With four current Ohio State commits and many more targets, The Opening needs a continuous updating feed. Yesterday, current DE prospect Jonathon Cooper continued to turn the heads he was already turning. Cooper has been a beast all summer long on the camp circuit and The Opening has been no different. Yesterday was a great day for Cooper as he is continuing to prove he is one of the nation's best DE products.
Ohio State commit Jonathon Cooper with some violent hands in drills https://t.co/NLYYz670Jp— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) July 9, 2015
Switching to the offensive side of the ball, another Ohio State commit has been more than impressive at The Opening. Stirring up conversation by many, Fort Wayne, Indiana's Austin Mack has been lights out this week. Drawing attention during 1-on-1 battles and in team competitions, Mack has shown his speed and athleticism catching passes with ease. Buckeye fans will be more than excited to know that last night Mack as well as three other Ohio State commits competed on ESPNU in a team competition. Mack caught a touchdown pass for team Lunar Beast and proceeded to "throw up" the Block-O on his Ohio State Nike football gloves showing the nation where his future home will be.
Austin Mack has been the best receiver on either field today. @Landgrant33— SB Nation Recruiting (@SBNRecruiting) July 9, 2015
Mayden heads West
The situation with DB's for the 2016 class has been interesting, to say the least. At one time thought to be a Buckeye lean, Jarden Mayden of Sachse, Texas committed last night to Oregon during a live interview at The Opening. Mayden had a solid relationship with the Ohio State staff earlier in the recruiting process, but for whatever reasons, communication seemed to be gone until recently. The 6-foot, 190-pound prospect had a final top seven schools including Oregon, Ohio State, Florida, Florida State, UCLA, Alabama, and Michigan. With yesterday's commitment of Wayne Davis, mentioned earlier, the DB situation may be coming more clear. However, with other targets still on the board, look for Ohio State to continue building a strong relationship with prospects such as Damar Hamlin of Pittsburgh, PA, hoping to complete an already-exceptional DB haul.
Funderburk continues hot summer
Switching to the hardwood, Ohio State commit Derek Funderburk, Jr. continues to have an excellent summer. Currently, Funderburk is playing in the Peach Jam with his AAU team, King James of Ohio in North Augusta, Georgia. Last night Derek had quite the stat lineup going for 16 points, seven rebounds, and two blocks on the the win over the Oakland Soldiers of California. The Lakewood St. Edward product continues to prove why he is a top ten center in the country and a true leader for the Thad Matta 2016 class.