The slobs have just gotten a little bit bigger and a lot better for offensive line coach Greg Studrawa. Despite late rumors about him maybe staying in California for college, '17 OG Wyatt Davis put that gossip to rest when he officially signed his letter of intent to become a Buckeye today.
Davis finished his high school career at powerhouse St. John Bosco (CA) as a highly touted prospect — and for good reason. The U.S. Army All-American was a composite five-star recruit and the top-ranked offensive guard in the entire class, per the 247Sports Composite. From an overall prospective, Davis was the No. 24 player in the country and the fifth-best player from California. Davis would undoubtedly think otherwise to his standing in The Golden State, and his senior season would back his claims, as he finished with a state championship and earned Mr. Football honors in the state.
Despite the fact that the Buckeyes’ campus is well over 2,000 miles from where Davis has made a living on the football field, he ultimately decided what head coach Urban Meyer and the program offered was just too much to pass up. When he committed to the Scarlet and Gray back in June of last year, Davis did so over offers from Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, Stanford, Tennessee, UCLA, USC, Washington, and more.
Now, Davis will bring himself to Columbus, and he should come with the expectation to contribute early and often. Ohio State had moments last season when they struggled along the offensive line. Combine that with the fact that starting right guard Billy Price is sliding over to center to fill the vacancy that was opened by the NFL-bound Pat Elflein, and Davis could be in line to start if he does what he needs to do. It's also worth mentioning that Evan Lisle has transferred to Duke and Kyle Trout is off to Cincinnati; both were penciled in as backup right guards on the Buckeyes’ final depth chart for this past season.
With that being said, the mammoth 6’5, 310-pounder will surely still have some competition when it comes to earning that spot. The two big names that could battle it out with Davis are Matthew Burrell and Demetrius Knox, who were also blue-chip prospects before arriving at Ohio State.
Davis is joining Ohio State not just because of football, but because of everything else Urban Meyer provides:
Davis is a nasty player — and I mean that in the most respectful way possible. He plays to the whistle on every single snap and consistently ends plays five yards downfield on top of some poor defensive lineman.
Davis was the first pure offensive lineman ever to win the Cal-Hi Sports Mr. Football award, and it’s easy to see why. He played left tackle in high school and regularly made massive holes in the ground game while also providing great protection for his quarterback’s blind side. Davis showed solid balance in pass protection and used his long wingspan to often get his hands on the defender before they could even work a move. His run blocking is devastating and he also showed the athleticism to work his way to the second-level and block moving linebackers in space.
Davis is a solid candidate to not redshirt in 2017 and he could find his way onto the field sooner rather than later. His film showed very little holes in his game, but he’ll need to prove he can be the same animal against elite competition. Additionally, Davis will need to adjust to the guard position and will need to demonstrate the ability to handle diverse blitzes that will be thrown his way. — Ian Hartitz