COLUMBUS — Jadyn Davis could feel Justin Fields’ pain through the television screen as he watched Ohio State’s Sugar Bowl victory over Clemson.
The player who may end up the top quarterback prospect in the 2024 class grimaced when he watched Clemson linebacker James Skalski spear Fields in the side with his helmet. Davis knew what every twist subsequent twist of the hips must have felt like.
Already a fan of Fields’ due to their common Georgia roots, Davis’ appreciation reached another level that day. Fields played through the pain and torched the Tigers to lead Ohio State to the national championship game.
“I love just the way he carries himself off the field,” Davis said. “You never hear anything bad about Justin. And then on the field, he plays with that swagger. He’s a humble guy, even-keeled, and he’s gonna go out there and light it up.
“What he showed in that national championship game and taking that hit against Clemson, he showed some grit. I gained a lot of respect for him.”
Davis, whom some believe could be the top QB prospect in the 2024 class, shares one other trait with Fields: He has Ryan Day’s attention. The Fort Mill (South Carolina) Catawba Ridge sophomore-to-be attended OSU’s day camp on Tuesday. By the afternoon, he had become the second 2024 quarterback with a Buckeye offer.
Florida prospect Adrian Posse is the other 2024 QB with an OSU offer. That class should be a pivotal one for the Buckeyes, since it would coincide with the third year in the program for 2022’s No. 1 prospect — Quinn Ewers.
Davis originally hailed from Gwinnett County, northeast of Atlanta. Fields comes from Kennesaw, northwest of Atlanta. Davis said he hopes to one day meet Fields — something he would certainly do if he continues to spend time around the Buckeye program.
If Fields ever sees Davis play, he might notice some familiar vibes. At a slender 6-1, 187 pounds, Davis is still growing into his eventual collegiate frame. He took more from Fields than a lesson in toughness and resiliency. Davis took some inspiration from Fields’ accuracy without planting his feet.
“I look at everybody that I like to watch, and I take bits and pieces of their game and I put it into my own bag and try to create my own style of play,” Davis said. “But I’m not trying to be anybody else. I’m trying to be Jadyn.”
Despite the growing attention from major college programs, Davis said he’s “just trying to be a 15-year-old kid.” His game already displays some maturity, though. He is quick enough to make plays with his feet but is honing a quick release in the pocket. He is also taking a mature and patient approach to his decision-making process.
Visits to Alabama, Georgia, Clemson and Oklahoma preceded his trip to Columbus. He is due to visit Maryland on Friday and has planned stops at Tennessee and Penn State soon.
Davis spoke with Day by phone prior to his visit, then threw for him on Tuesday morning.
“He’s a down-to-earth humble guy,” Davis said. “He’s straight to the point. He’s not going to sell you, ‘This is what we can do.’ It’s either you want to be part of Ohio State or you don’t.”
His favorite player, Fields, bought that pitch. Davis has not heard it for the final time.