Earlier this year the #15 inside linebacker in the country, Dalton Santos, de-committed from Oklahoma State and announced he was going to Texas A&M.
He later de-committed from A&M to go to Tennessee, saying “I have great respect for the Texas A&M program and the momentum they’ve built, they have great tradition and I also had comfort with their staff but there’s no comparison to being able to play in the SEC.”
It’s my single favorite quote to come out of Beebegeddon II this fall. Oh, the irony young Dalton.
Anyway, on Monday (a day in which it started to look like the door was, in fact, hitting A&M on the way out) OSU turned the tables and swiped a 3-star defensive end from the Aggies.
Eric Davis is a 6’3 227 lb. defensive end who was being recruited by Texas, Florida, OU, and TCU so, yeah, kind of a big get for Gundy and Co.
According to ESPN, Davis had 63 tackles, 12 sacks and three interceptions as a junior. 3 picks for a DE seems like a lot, no? Especially since he’s only 6’3.
Here’s how the recruiting services had him ranked in case you were wondering:
ESPN – 3 stars (78 grade overall)
Rivals – 3 stars (#65 in Texas)
Scout – 3 stars
247 Sports – 3 stars (87 grade overall)
Don’t look now but OSU currently ranks #14 overall in average stars per recruit. I know that’s the most message board thing I’ve ever heard on here but it’s also a testament to the fact that Gundy is recruiting hard and he’s getting legitimate athletes.
Last note, the three teams ahead of OSU in the stars per recruit stat: Notre Dame, LSU, and Clemson. The three teams behind them: Texas A&M, Tennessee, and Penn State.
Are those good football schools?