In an unsurprising move, three-star Pickerington, Ohio, defensive tackle DaVon Hamilton withdrew his commitment to Kentucky Monday night and committed instead to Ohio State, according toBuckeyeGrove.com.
It’s looked unlikely that UK would be able to hang on to Hamilton since he became a target of the home-state Buckeyes in recent weeks, and he received a firm scholarship offer over the weekend. He’s the second Ohioan in the 2015 class to flip his commitment from UK to Ohio State, along with wide receiver Alex Stump. Despite the Cats’ significant success recruiting in Ohio under coach Mark Stoops, they haven’t signed a player from that state who was also highly sought by the national champion Buckeyes.
Hamilton, a one-time Pittsburgh commitment, pledged to the Wildcats in December.
Without him, Kentucky has 17 commitments in the 2015 class, including seven from Ohio, a little more than a week before national signing day. UK received a pledge Sunday night from Warren, Ohio, defensive tackle JaVon Provitt, helping somewhat shore up that position while Hamilton wavered.