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Jecoryan Davis excited by Ohio State offer
Ohio State offered Apopka (Fla.) 2020 athlete Jecoryan Davis on Aug. 19, becoming the sixth school to extend a scholarship to the 6-foot-1, 160-pound unranked prospect. North Carolina joined the fray two days later. Davis is understandably excited by the offer from the Buckeyes.
“I had gotten a text from my 7-on-7 coach, and he said Ohio State wanted to talk to me,” Davis told Lettermen Row. “So I’d called, because at this time we couldn’t text them. That’s how I had started talking to them. I don’t really know how they even knew about me, all I know is that [running backs coach Tony] Alford talked to my 7-on-7 coach and my head coach about me, and then we went we on from there.
“It meant a lot to me for them to offer, just because of how big Ohio State is. There are a million high school players around this country and they chose to offer me. I will be forever grateful for it.”
Since the offer, Davis has been in contact with Alford and Mark Pantoni, Ohio State’s director of player personnel. The big thing for him now is trying to find time to get himself to Columbus to see what the Buckeyes have to offer on their campus and within their program. He expects to do that around the start of the 2019 calendar year.
“I have been talking to Mark Pantoni,” Davis said. “We were looking for plane tickets to come up for a game, but we couldn’t find any so we will wait until junior day in January probably.”
Ohio State extends offer to defensive end Chantz Williams
Last year, Orange Park (Fla.) Oak Leaf defensive end Chantz Williams visited Ohio State for a game, taking in the views as the Buckeyes faced off against Army. He was blown away by the game-day atmosphere in Columbus, telling me at the time that he’d “never experienced anything like it.” Since then, though, his recruiting ties with Ohio State have faded a bit.
Until now, it appears. Ohio State offered the 6-foot-4, 212-pound defensive lineman earlier this week. The country’s No. 8-ranked weak-side defensive end in the Class of 2020, Williams was offered by Ohio State defensive backs coach Taver Johnson.
— Chantz Williams🤴🏾 (@_chantzler) September 11, 2018
“I don’t know why they offered now,” he told Lettermen Row. “But I’m grateful regardless. I’ve been talking a lot to LSU, Miami, Florida, Georgia, Florida State and some more teams.
Alabama, Florida, Florida State and Clemson are all among the early offers for Williams. His early visit to Columbus may help the Buckeyes get back into this race. He’s hoping to get back up to Ohio for another visit but isn’t sure about that happening — but Ohio State is surely hoping it does.
“They’ve just been telling me that they really love me as a player,” Williams said. “And that they want me to come back up. I might be able to do that this season, I don’t know for sure yet.”
Texas standout Jalen Kimber hearing from Ohio State
— JALEN KIMBER (@J_BOOGIE_5) September 7, 2018
Kimber is the country’s 35th-ranked cornerback in 2020 and has offers right now from Penn State, TCU, Baylor, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State and others. He’ll be in attendance Saturday night as the Buckeyes invade Dallas, and he’ll do that as a guest of the Ohio State football team, though he won’t be able to communicate with them. He has been actively chatting with the Buckeyes for a bit, though, starting with Ohio State assistant Kevin Wilson but trickling down through the coaching staff of late.
“The defensive backs and Mark Pantoni also hit me up recently,” Kimber told Lettermen Row. “Right now it’s nothing that deep, just general conversation and just starting to build a relationship.
“They haven’t offered me yet, but I don’t know really know much about them. I see that they get defensive backs into the league, though.”
What little Kimber does know of Ohio State, he’s heard from a few workout buddies that he’s gotten to know over the years: sophomores Jeffrey Okudah and Baron Browning.
“I’ve trained with Jeff Okudah and Baron Browning for the last four years,” he said. “They seem to be doing well there, so that’s a plus. They say Ohio State is hard work and with high levels of accountability and that everything is about competition, but that it’s fun.”
Kimber is originally from Chicago. He moved to Texas just about five years ago, and as such, didn’t grow up with any natural affection or leanings toward the home-state schools. That could play in Ohio State’s favor if it decides to make a move in his recruitment and offer a scholarship.
Ohio State building relationship with Lorenzo Styles
Way back in June we mentioned the name Lorenzo Styles to you for the first time. He’s a 2021 wide receiver from Pickerington (Ohio) Central High School and the son of a former Ohio State linebacker of the same name. Ohio State has been starting, slowly, to work on their relationship with the 6-foot-1, 170-pound wideout.
“I talked to [Director of Football Relations] Tim Hinton after Week One,” Styles told Lettermen Row. “We just discussed me getting there for a game.”
Right now Styles has offers from Notre Dame, Vanderbilt and Boston College, and was in South Bend for the big Irish win over Michigan to start the season. Ohio State may be forced to play a little catch-up with Notre Dame if the relationship doesn’t begin to grow quickly.
“We’ve had two calls,” Styles said. “I have talked to Tim Hinton, but during our calls I have talked to other coaches on the staff as well. Our relationship is starting to develop. I just am hoping I can get up to a game and get a better feel now.”
Birm is Lettermen Row's Director of Recruiting and the site's primary Ohio State sports photographer. A Toledo, Ohio native, Jeremy has been in similar roles for elevenwarriors.com and Landof10.com and has been covering the Buckeyes for seven years.