The Oklahoma Sooners have been doing as well as anyone on the recruiting trail during the 2019 cycle, and that was reaffirmed Wednesday evening when Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas cornerback Jaden Davis announced his commitment to OU. The four-star prospect chose the Sooners over Miami, Penn State, Clemson, Kentucky and others.
Davis, who participated in The Opening Finals earlier this month, had long been considered an Oklahoma lean. As far as his presumptive future at OU is concerned, don’t be surprised to see him in the nickel role at some point — a position at which he received plenty of reps in Frisco. Here’s what he recently told RJ Young:
“At my size in college, that’s the position I might have to play,” he said. “At schools like Oklahoma and Kentucky, they told me I could play nickel and outside. But schools like Clemson want me to predominantly play the nickel position.”
The 5’9” Davis, however, certainly isn’t short on playmaking ability. Regularly facing elite prep competition with St. Thomas Aquinas, he’s a dependable defensive back who consistently comes up big for his team.
Davis, who turned 17 on Wednesday, is Oklahoma’s 16th commitment in its 2019 class — a group which currently sits at No. 3 nationally in the 247Composite Team Rankings despite being smaller in number than the other top-five classes.
The nation’s No. 214 prospect is also OU’s eighth commitment on the defensive side and the third blue-chip commit in the defensive backfield. Kerry Cooks continues to thrive as a recruiter, and he’s well on his way to assembling one of the most talented DB units in the country if he keeps this up for another year or two.
Provided he eventually makes things official, Davis would be the second St. Thomas Aquinas signee in as many cycles, joining 2018 OLB Nik Bonitto.