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National Signing Day: OL Dakota Davis signs with Syracuse

Time to break some defensive linemen’s will.

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Maryland offensive lineman Dakota Davis officially signed with Syracuse on Wednesday, choosing the Orange over close-second UConn, and other schools. Davis was the seventh recruit to commit to Syracuse, after pledging to play for SU in early June.

Twitterfeed: @dakotadavis56

Hometown: Glenelg, Md.

High School: Glenelg High School

Position: OL

Stats: 6’5”, 310 pounds

Commitment Date: June 24, 2016

Ratings: Three stars by ESPN, 247Sports and Scout; two stars by Rivals

Other Offers: Davis received offers from Air Force, Florida Atlantic, UConn and Ohio, among others.

Dino’s Projected Nickname: “Pancaking MACHINE”


Player Breakdown:

Davis is a hard-nosed player who simply loves the physicality that comes with working in the trenches, telling the Howard County Times his favorite part about being a lineman is, “pancaking people and making them quit.” The Howard County Times notes that Davis has excelled as a run-blocker since his sophomore year at Glenelg High School.

Davis is rated the No. 58 offensive guard by ESPN and the No. 140 offensive tackle by 247Sports. As a senior, Davis was named to the All-Metro team after paving the way for consecutive 2,000-yard rushers and leading Glenelg to the Class 3A semifinals. While Syracuse’s injury-ravaged offensive line was suspect last season, it’s unlikely Dino Babers will turn to a true freshman for help. Look for Davis to develop into a contributor down the road as a sophomore or junior.