Ordinarily when a high school athlete verbally commits to Ohio State, the phrase I like to use over and over is that they “pledged their allegiance to Buckeye Nation.”
Last night, three-star defensive back Carlton Davis from Norland High School in Miami, Fla., verbally committed to Ohio State on WQAM 560 AM based out of Miami Gardens.
Not sure if he really pledged, though.
Here’s the audio from the High School Sports Report courtesy of WQAM:
But after making his announcement, Davis had this to say:
“It’s a verbal commit, um, and I still want to continue my recruiting process.”
Once again, it seems in this day and age that a verbal commitment isn’t worth anything anymore. Why even bother making a decision now?
Yes, I am a huge fan of doing away with National Signing Day. Kids should be able to sign whenever they feel ready.
By the way, Davis is a three-star recruit by both 247Sports.com and Scout.com. 247Sports lists him as the 54th-best cornerback prospect in the nation, while Scout has him 14 pegs higher at No. 40.
The others for the 2015 class are:
Three-star Josh Moore, a 6-foot-5, 250-pound tight end from Olathe North Senior High School in Olathe, Kan., who had offers from Auburn, Florida State, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU and Texas Tech.
Three-star Joshua Alabi, a 6-foot-5, 270-pound strongside defensive end from Cass Technical High School in Detroit, Mich., who had several offers from high-profile programs including Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Penn State, Tennessee, Wisconsin and a few others.
Five-star Justin Hilliard, a 6-foot, 225-pound outside linebacker from St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, who narrowed his college choices down to five and picked the Buckeyes over Alabama, Iowa, Michigan, and Notre Dame.
Four-star Jashon Cornell, a 6-foot-4, 260-pound defensive end from Cretin-Derham Hall High School in St. Paul, Minn., who had more than 30 scholarship offers from the top programs around the country and narrowed his list of finalists to five that included Ohio State, Notre Dame, Iowa, Penn State and Michigan State before choosing the Buckeyes.
Three-star Kevin Feder, a 6-foot-9, 305-pound offensive tackle from Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, N.J., who originally committed to Miami (Fla.) back in January and also had offers from Maryland, Michigan State, Rutgers, Syracuse and Tennessee.
Three-star Denzel Ward, a 5-foot-11, 165-pound cornerback from Nordonia High School in Macedonia, Ohio, who had offers from Cincinnati, Indiana, Kentucky, Rutgers, Syracuse, Washington State and several others.
Four-star Nick Connor, a 6-foot-3, 225-pound linebacker from Scioto High School in Dublin, Ohio, who had offers from Boston College, Cincinnati, Duke, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan State, Minnesota, N.C. State, Ole Miss, Oregon, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.
Four-star Dre’Mont Jones, a 6-foot-5, 250-pound defensive end from St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland, Ohio, who had offers from Cincinnati, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan State and Notre Dame.
Two-star long-snapper Liam McCullough stands 6-foot-2, weighs 230 pounds, and attends Worthington Kilbourne High School in Columbus, who had offers from Kentucky, Michigan State and Wisconsin.
Four-star Grant Schmidt, an offensive tackle standing 6-foot-6 and weighing in at 275 pounds and attends Roosevelt High School in Sioux Falls, S.D., had offers from Cincinnati, Iowa State, Minnesota, North Carolina, Rutgers, Utah, Washington State and Wyoming, among others.
Three-star Tyler Green, a 6-foot-3, 195-pound defensive back from Dematha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Maryland, had offers from Indiana, Maryland, North Carolina State and Virginia, among others.
Three-star Joe Burrow, a 6-foot-4, 205-pound quarterback from The Plains, Ohio, who attends Athens High School, and had offers from Boston College, Cincinnati, East Carolina, Fresno State, Iowa State, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, North Carolina State, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech and West Virginia, among others.
Four-star Jamel Dean, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound cornerback from Cocoa High School in Cocoa, Fla., who had offers from Florida, Miami (Fla.), Mississippi State and Temple.
Four-star Eric Glover-Williams, nicknamed “Superman,” is a 5-foot-11, 165-pound athlete/running back/cornerback from McKinley High School in Canton, Ohio, who had offers from Arkansas, Cincinnati, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan State, Nebraska, Pittsburgh, Tennessee and West Virginia.