The 6-4, 210-pound Davis has been unavailable for comment. However, The Blade was able to contact him yesterday to get his comments on picking USC.
"It was a really hard decision," Davis told The Blade. "I didn't even know for sure until Thursday night. It's been a really stressful situation."
Davis, the nation's No. 11 overall prospect according to TheInsidersRecruiting.com, has hopes of joining USC's bid to repeat as a national championship team. He joins an offense that features Matt Leinart at quarterback and Mike Williams at wide receiver.
"They let their freshmen play," Davis told The Blade. "Mike Williams and I have talked and I like the fact that he and Matt take it all seriously. I'm going out there to take care of business."
The newspaper reported that Davis actually flew to Los Angeles last night after gathering with approximately two dozen family members and friends for a send-off dinner at a Maumee restaurant. He intends to enroll this week and will begin taking classes during the spring semester, which actually began Jan. 12. Enrolling now will allow him to participate in spring football drills.
Davis graduated from Rogers High early so he could participate in spring football.
"I just think overall it's the best place for me," Davis said. "I'm also part of the top recruiting class in the nation and it's considered one of the best recruiting classes of all time."
According to The Blade article, Davis strongly considered Miami (Fla.) until it lost offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski to the Cleveland Browns. Regarding OSU, Davis said, "I really liked Ohio State and the coaches and the players."
His mother Margo added, "A lot of people are going to be disappointed because they expected Fred to pick Ohio State because he's from Ohio. But it was a very tough decision for him to make. It really was down to the wire."
Davis' defection puts a crimp in OSU's recruiting plans for 2004, although the Buckeyes are still tracking national top-100 receiver Dwayne Jarrett of New Jersey as well as Pennsylvania's Devon Lyons and Florida's Albert Dukes.
And, OSU is hopeful of receiving a verbal commitment later today from national top-100 offensive lineman Kyle Mitchum of Erie, Pa.
Regarding Davis, here is what Ohio High's Duane Long wrote about him in the winter edition of that magazine:
"Davis did not have the surrounding cast to enable him to have a great senior year, but there's no question about it -- he is one of the two elite prospects in this class, a must-have kind of player that every school in the country wanted. He's a unique athlete with the size and strength. He proved that in camps around the country and, in particular, a breakout performance in the National All Star Junior Combine last January where no one could cover him. He went on to do the same thing at other camps through the summer.
"Between rushing and receiving, Davis scored 13 touchdowns as a senior for a 3-7 team. He carried 110 times for 580 yards and also caught 32 passes for 420 yards. He had 70 tackles and three interceptions as well on defense.
"He's another player with that kind of football speed. Fred's going to run 4.52 right in there as far as 40 time is concerned, but he's another one (like Ginn) who seems to run with that same speed on the football field while others only seem to put up those great times on the track. He looks like other people are standing still when he runs.
"In any other year, Fred Davis is the No. 1 player in Ohio. It was just the extraordinary year by Ginn that left Fred in the No. 2 spot. This extraordinary athlete reminds me of Roy Williams, the wide receiver from the University of Texas, in size and in his game. Davis is a very physical player though, and that's the one thing I would give him over Roy Williams. He really likes to mix it up. Everyone is going to play him a wide receiver, but he could just as easily be a free safety or grow into a linebacker. He does a great job of coming up and making big hits in high school. Davis is just a phenomenal physical specimen who is a sure impact player his first year in college."