Hopefully you’re enjoying your Memorial Day Weekend. As you embark on your extra day off, you may have missed some of the Ohio State news from the past couple days. In the land of recruiting, that means yet another BOOOOM from the Buckeyes’ No. 1-ranked 2021 class. We here at Land-Grant Holy Land are here to get you up to speed on the latest commit for Ryan Day and the gang and what it means moving forward.
In case you went full Zero Dark Thirty to enjoy the holiday weekend, on Sunday Ohio State picked up a commitment from four-star athlete Denzel Burke. The 6-foot Scottsdale, AZ native is the No. 7 athlete in the nation, and the No. 4 player out of Arizona in the 2021 class. Playing both receiver and corner at Saguaro, Burke projects as a DB at the next level.
Heres what Mountain Region recruiting analyst Blair Angulo has to say of Burke’s skillset:
Thin build with long arms and projectable frame. Should take good on weight over next few years. Fluid athlete that could thrive on offense or defense. Very good ball skills. Dynamic receiver with quickness to explode out of his breaks. Sets up defenders well to gain separation after the catch. Speed makes him a threat to score from anywhere. Decent in coverage as a defender with fluidity to stick to wideouts. Must improve physicality and durability. Potential multi-year starter and NFL Draft Day 3 selection.
High praise for the latest Buckeye DB commit, now the sixth member of the position group in the current class. Which begs the question — are the Buckeyes now done in the secondary in this cycle?
Already holding commitments from a trio of four-star prospects in safeties Andre Turrentine and Jantzen Dunn and corner Jakailin Johnson as well as a pair of three-star DBs in Jaylen Johnson and Devonta Smith, the room is starting to get a bit crowded. However, that does not mean you should entirely rule out Ohio State making at play at some of the nation’s top remaining defensive backs. A couple of guys still remain on the target board, with the main focus appearing to shift to Derrick Davis Jr. and Jaylin Davies.
No. 1 on the Buckeyes’ list seems to be Davis, the nation’s No. 2 safety and the No. 55 overall recruit in 2021. Out of Monroeville, PA, Ohio State would be fighting off heavy opposition from both Clemson and the in-state team, Penn State. The four-star safety currently seems to be leaning towards the Nittany Lions according to the 247Sports Crystal Ball, but never rule out Ryan Day and Kerry Coombs. If the Buckeyes are looking to add a seventh DB, they would take Davis right now.
However, it does not put to bed the recruitment of the four-star corner Davies. The 6-foot-1 Mater Dei product is the No. 12 CB in the nation, and the No. 139 player overall in the cycle. About a week ago, Davies listed Ohio State in his final four alongside Arizona State, Oregon and USC. There is clearly mutual interest between the two parties, but the Buckeyes would like to get Davies on campus before adding him to the fold, and with COVID-19 restrictions still in place, who knows when that would be.
Regardless, even if Burke is the final commit for Ohio State in the secondary, the team is in fantastic position moving forward with all of the young talent coming in the last two classes. You don't get the nickname “DBU” for nothing. It starts with recruiting.
- In case you thought the OSU staff would rest on their laurels and take the rest of MDW off, think again. This group of 2021 commits has done a phenomenal job of doing some recruiting themselves via social media, and they seem to be pretty well tied in to what is going on and when the next commitments are coming. If this tweet by RB commit Evan Pryor is any indication, the class could be adding another member sooner rather than later.