Oregon’s class of 2021 received an injection of Maryland talent on Friday afternoon.
Franklin safety Daymon David committed to Oregon on Friday at 2 p.m., bolstering the Ducks' recruiting class next year. Oregon’s 2021 class is currently ranked as the best in the PAC-12, along with being the No. 3 class in the nation, per 247Sports.
“It was more about things that were going to fit for me,” David said. “I know that they had a great recruiting class and all, but there were things that were going to be [specifically] for me, that stood out to me."
Oregon is an attractive situation for the safety due to being able to potentially replace safety Jevon Holland and fit into the defensive scheme seamlessly. The Ducks defense only allowed 16.5 points a game, ranking 16th out of 130 Football Bowl Subdivision programs, finishing with a 12-2 record and a Rose Bowl championship in 2019.
“The school has always been my dream school since I was young," David said. “Me and my mom always liked that school. Also, with how their depth chart is set up — we’ve got [Holland] leaving and I could be his backup. I can be the new birth of number eight.”
One of the most important aspects of the large change of scenery for David is to show others that Baltimore has a lot to offer. David understands that there’s a large chip on his shoulder to come from the city, but he’s willing to pave a positive path for other athletes to succeed.
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“I want to put the city on,” David said. “I want everybody to know about the city of Baltimore and look at it for a better way than what people look at it for right now. You tell people ‘I’m from Baltimore' and they think about it like, ‘It’s bad and it’s a bunch of crime'. It’s true, but I want to make it better. I want them to see us for our great football players now.”
Both 247Sports and Rivals have listed David as a four-star prospect, the 12th-ranked safety in the 2021 class, 12th-ranked in the state and the 195th-ranked player in the country. Before committing to Oregon, he generated offers from Arkansas, Boston College, Indiana, Louisville, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Oklahoma, Syracuse, Texas Tech and others — totaling 25 programs.
Standing at 6 feet 1, 178 pounds, David has shown the ability to be a thumper in both the running and passing game.
David proved to be highly productive in his sophomore and junior seasons at Franklin. The senior safety had 74 solo tackles, 44 assists and 118 total tackles (9.0 for a loss), 2.0 sacks and seven interceptions for 68 yards with 13 pass deflections. Franklin took home a state championship during his junior year with a 12-1 record and followed up with a 9-3 record in 2019.
Mount St. Joseph senior wide receiver Dont’e Thornton is considering Oregon as well. Thornton, also a four-star recruit, per 247Sports, is ranked as the second-best player in the state, ninth-ranked receiver in the country and the 65th-ranked player overall in the country.