Wayne Davis Commits to Ohio State: Buckeyes Lands 4-Star CB

Brian Pedersen@realBJPFeatured ColumnistJuly 9, 2015


Ohio State's season opener at Virginia Tech on Labor Day won't just serve as a high-profile start to its national title defense, but it will also allow the Buckeyes to check in on their latest commitment for 2016.

Cornerback Wayne Davis, a 4-star prospect from Norfolk, VA, took to Twitter on Thursday to announce he'd chosen OSU over Michigan and Virginia Tech:

Davis had more than 20 scholarship offers, most recently picking up ones from Maryland and Michigan State. He'd also attended a camp at Penn State on June 20, two days after naming his final three.

The 5'11", 187-pound Davis is rated by 247Sports as the No. 360 overall player in the 2016 recruiting class. He's considered the No. 29 cornerback in the nation and eighth-best prospect in Virginia. He's the second corner the Buckeyes have landed for 2016, along with 3-star Baltimore pledge Kareem Felder.

JC Shurbutt of 247Sports has compared Davis to current Florida defensive back Brian Poole, a senior who led the Gators' talented secondary with four interceptions last season.

Davis has been a star since his freshman year at Lake Taylor High School in Norfolk, the same school that produced OSU sophomore defensive lineman Jalyn Holmes.

"At Lake Taylor, Davis is used to being on an island when it comes to the defensive scheme," Andy Hilton of Recruit757.com wrote. "Coach Hank Sawyer and the Titans routinely stack the box with as many as nine players, leaving their corners alone to cover the wide receivers."

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Virginia remains a fertile recruiting landscape, one that is becoming more and more dominated by out-of-state teams. The commonwealth's top prospect, 5-star corner Levonta Taylor, has committed to Florida State, while Alabama, Duke, North Carolina and Stanford have also landed highly rated players from there.

The highest-ranked player who's currently slated to remain in the state is 3-star linebacker Victor Greene, 15th overall, to Virginia Tech.

OSU's 2016 class now sits at 17 commitments from nine different states plus the District of Columbia. It's ranked third nationally behind LSU and Florida State, per 247Sports.

Follow Brian J. Pedersen on Twitter at @realBJP.