COLUMBUS, Ohio – In today’s issue of Hey, Stephen! I’m discussing two Ohio State quarterback goals for 2024.
Hello Stefan: Which quarterbacks do you think we’re picking for this cycle? — Area code 919.
Hey, 919: So a lot has changed in the last 72 hours in terms of Ohio State’s quarterback options. Some of it is irrelevant to the plans and some of it can pose a problem.
Five-star Jadyn Davis included the Buckeyes in his top five with a commitment date next Friday, but having a hat on that table is more of a show than something that’s a real possibility. Neither side has been very receptive to one another for months, and that’s Michigan’s fight to lose.
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Davis’ decision was expected, but Air Noland’s four-star rating comes as a bit of a surprise. He narrowed his choices to seven with an April 8 decision date. Noland is due to be in Columbus next weekend, where there should be an expectation that he finally gets his offer. OSU recruited him like he’s had one for months, but it should be official next week. The only question is whether that means April 8 is in his favor, or possibly a result of Miami making a strong push this weekend.
The big fish in this cycle is five-star Julian Syain, who the Alabama Buckeyes have been working to turn around. That doesn’t seem to be going anywhere either.
There’s a chance the answer to this question will be Noland in two weeks. But it’s just as likely that won’t be the case, meaning Ohio State will have to return to the drawing board as its 2024 quarterback search enters the summer months. That doesn’t have to be a bad thing, especially for a school that routinely finds ways to find a field general with a lot less time than they have now. But it means more people need to be added to a bid list that currently only has five. And four of these guys will already have a target by Friday.
There are 14 quarterbacks in the 2024 draft class who are ranked in the top 200 nationally. Some other undecided guys are four-star Jake Merklinger from Georgia, four-star Elijah Brown from California, four-star Michael Van Buren from Maryland and four-star Jayden Bradford from Florida.
Neither of these guys have OSU offers right now. Maybe that will change once the Buckeyes’ top options come off the board. As we’ve seen in the past, there’s also room for new players to climb the leaderboard.
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