Just a few days after visiting the Syracuse University campus, highly-regarded defensive recruit Keivonnis Davis decided to make the switch from Syracuse’s orange and blue to Oregon State’s orange and black, despite the fact that those colors just look so, so bad together. I mean, just awful. It’s not Halloween, Beavers. Quit trying to make Halloween a year-round thing. It’s not going to happen.
Davis, a 6-foot-4, 227 pound prospect who had been committed – albeit softly – to the Orange since November, but as he was a George McDonald recruit from the state of Florida, the writing has kind of been on the wall for awhile now. With McDonald headed off to NC State, Davis quickly softened his commitment to the Orange and had recently been talking about taking a visit to the Wolfpack, where McDonald had shown that coaching staff his tape, and they were eager to get the athletic lineman on campus.
The defensive line cupboard is not left bare for the Orange, of course. Qaadir Sheppard, one of the top prospects at any position in New York, is still on board. Amir Ealy and Brandon Ginnetti are other prospects who could play defensive end at the next level, though obviously positions change all the time once these young athletes get on campus and the coaching staff starts to see what their strengths and weaknesses are up close and personal. Another name to keep an eye on is Dana Levine, another 6-foot-4 prospect from the Sunshine State who the Orange are hoping to get signed when February 4 rolls around.
The decommitment of Davis does make Orange fans more anxious about the possibility of flipping current Wisconsin commits Jake Pickard and Nate Howard, both highly touted defensive end prospects. Pickard picked up an offer from Michigan, however, and Howard is going to be tough to pry away from either the Badgers or, possibly, his home state Missouri Tigers.
It’s tough to have lost Davis, who had not yet taken a visit to Corvallis to see the Oregon State campus, but this wasn’t totally out of left field, and the Orange seem to be in good position to lessen the blow by signing both the current commits they’ve got lined up, as well as hopefully coming up with a surprise flip or even a new name in the next two weeks.
Either way, it’s always important to remember: if a kid flips his commitment, please behave accordingly.