Ohio State jumped into the number-two spot nationally in 2016 recruiting rankings with Thursday's commitment from Norfolk (VA) Lake Taylor cornerback Wayne Davis. He is the 17th pledge to the class, and the second defensive back after Kareem Felder.
With numbers getting tight and the defensive backfield a top priority for Ohio State, how many more spots can be allocated for the position? A quick glance would seem to indicate they can reasonably fit two more DB's into this class. Who are the candidates?
Jordan Fuller. Safety/Cornerback. Old Tappan (NJ). A very versatile athlete that could play a number of spots in the Ohio State defensive backfield. Has a brother at UCLA. Will take visits, and has no clear favorite at this time.
Andrew Pryts. Safety. Hermitage (PA). A hard hitting safety, but a better athlete than people think. Also a very good wideout for his school. Holds offers from all of the Midwest powers, and his father played for Penn State. Expected to be at Friday Night Lights on July 24. Is he on commitment watch? Very possible.
Jaylon Jones. Cornerback. Allen (TX). Extremely athletic cover corner, with speed to burn. Visited Ohio State for camp in June, and an official in the fall is expected. Ohio State has more than a puncher's chance for Jones, who will take visits in the fall.
Jared Mayden. Cornerback. Sachse (TX). Very physical corner, and a player that could play safety as well. Expected to announce for either Oregon or Ohio State Thursday, but there will be official visits coming so the commitment could be window dressing.
Damar Hamlin. Cornerback/Safety. Pittsburgh Central Catholic. A very long athlete, with great man cover skills and the instincts to play out on an island. Has been to Ohio State several times with his parents, and is expected back for Friday Night Lights. It's tough to get the hometown kids away from Pitt, but I've got a good feeling about Hamlin and Ohio State.
Patrice Rene and Tony Butler would both be back-burner candidates to be in the class, but that would involve nearly all of the above group spurning the Buckeyes. I do not see that happening, so these two are way outside the class for me.