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Over the past month, Ohio State has decommitted from two quarterbacks while picking up a commitment from the other.

The latest waiver certainly stings the most from Dylan Raiola, the No. 1 prospect in the 2024 recruiting class. Raiola was expected to be Ohio State’s quarterback of the future and replace him with another quarterback of a similar caliber. his class will not be an easy task.

Ohio State had hoped to spend the next year building a class around Raiola, knowing it had secured the best quarterback of the cycle, but instead the Buckeyes will have to restart their quarterback search all over again.

However, such drama is nothing new for Ohio State when it comes to quarterback recruiting. Most Ohio State commits in recent years, as Raiola did, have not ended up with the Buckeyes, and late-season turnovers before (and sometimes even after) signing day have become almost a phenomenon. annual event in Ohio.

With Dwayne Haskins, Justin Fields and C.J. Stroud becoming Heisman Trophy candidates and first-round NFL draft picks (or at least soon in Stroud’s case), Ohio State has had as much success at the defensive end as any school. over the past five years. But neither was Ohio State’s original target during the years they signed with the Buckeyes, and while their success has helped Ohio State recruit more highly touted quarterbacks in recent seasons, the Buckeyes have still often had to go late in the draft to sign. quarterback (or quarterbacks) they want.

After a late trade in the 2023 class, and Raiola sending the Buckeyes to the board with a year to go before anyone signs in the 2024 class, here’s an update on the route the quarterback recruiting has been in Ohio. The state annually during the last decade, starting from 2015.


Torrance Gibson was Ohio State’s top quarterback for most of the 2015 recruiting cycle, but he wasn’t the first quarterback to commit to the Buckeyes in that class. It was Joe Burrow who committed to the Buckeyes shortly after receiving his offer from Ohio State in May 2014 and was recruited from there without drama as he eventually signed with the Buckeyes in February (when there was no early signing deadline).

Ohio State continued to pursue Gibson even after Burrow’s commitment, however, leaving the quarterback recruiting drama until signing day. Even after committing in November, Gibson continued to visit other schools in the weeks leading up to signing day, but ultimately gave his national letter of intent to the Buckeyes, though his ever-changing recruiting could be a sign of things to come. , as his time at Ohio State lasted less than a year.


The Buckeyes originally landed their quarterback for the 2016 class last April when Tristen Wallace committed to Ohio State, but found themselves on the market at quarterback less than two months before national signing day when Wallace flipped to Oregon.

That forced Ohio State to pursue a late addition in the class at the quarterback position, but things ended up working out for the Buckeyes when they were able to flip Dwayne Haskins from Maryland in January. Although Wallace never played at Oregon, Haskins went on to break Ohio State single-season records for passing yards and touchdowns in his lone season as the Buckeyes’ starter in 2018.

While Dwayne Haskins became one of Ohio State’s best passers ever, he wasn’t the Buckeyes’ first pick in the 2016 recruiting class.


Ohio State landed an incredibly early quarterback commitment in the 2017 class when Danny Clark committed to the Buckeyes in 2013 as a freshman in high school. Clark would commit to Ohio State for nearly three years, but he and the Buckeyes eventually parted ways in 2016. Three months after Tate Martell committed in September, Ohio State accepted the commitment despite already having Clark’s commitment.

Martell’s contract with the Buckeyes started there, but Clark, who famously got a tattoo after committing to Ohio State, is still remembered as a warning sign of how much things change after an early commitment.


As with Raiola in the 2024 cycle, Ohio State thought its 2018 quarterback was secured early in the process when Emory Jones became the first player to commit to the Buckeyes in July 2016. Jones continued to explore his options. But the next year and a half ultimately left the Buckeyes looking for another quarterback.

That quarterback ended up being Matthew Baldwin, who originally committed to Colorado State but flipped to Ohio State just two weeks before signing day after receiving an offer from the Buckeyes in November. Baldwin will become Ohio State’s only quarterback in the class when Jones flips to Florida on signing day.


Ohio State was without a quarterback in the 2019 recruiting class until just six months before signing day when D’Van Mathis committed to the Buckeyes in June 2018. They were left without a high school quarterback altogether when Mathis flipped to Georgia on signing day. , leaving them with no viable option to continue through the high school ranks.

Fortunately for the Buckeyes, they got the better end of the trade with Georgia when Fields transferred from Georgia to Ohio State in January, giving them Haskins’ immediate successor and one of Ohio State’s best quarterbacks for the next two seasons. The Buckeyes had already begun pursuing Fields before Mathis’ flip, so they likely would have gotten him even if Mathis had signed, but adding a transfer quarterback became a necessity for Ohio State when Mathis dropped out.


Ohio State initially looked set for a 2020 recruiting class when Jack Miller took over for the Buckeyes in July 2018. With Martell and Baldwin both transferring from Ohio State in 2019, however, the Buckeyes found themselves in need of a second quarterback. For additional depth in 2020

They wouldn’t land that second quarterback until December’s early signing period, but the wait proved worth it as the Buckeyes landed their quarterback of the future with Stroud’s signing day commitment, ending Ohio State’s late pursuit of Stroud. which began when he impressed future teammates Jackson Smith-Njigba, Julian Fleming and Jay Scott Jr. in the June 2019 opener, where he earned Elite 11 MVP honors.


It was the closest Ohio State got since Ryan Day arrived in Columbus. Kyle McCord committed to the Buckeyes nearly 20 months ago from signing day (April 30, 2019) and never wavered in that commitment, allowing Ohio State to build a loaded recruiting class around him.

Ohio State ended up with a surprise addition to its 2021 recruiting class, however, when Quinn Evers, who was committed to the Buckeyes’ 2022 recruiting class, reclassified and joined the team in August. While that didn’t affect McCord, who stayed with the Buckeyes and could now potentially replace Stroud as Ohio State’s starting quarterback next season, it left the Buckeyes scrambling to re-sign a quarterback in 2022.

Kyle McCord

Kyle McCord was one of Ohio State’s only drama-free quarterback recruitments in recent years.


Much like the situation at Ohio State now after Raiola’s resignation, the Buckeyes didn’t have any clear options to replace Evers, who would move to Texas before his original recruiting class even signed after the departure of the No. 1 overall prospect. From the class of 2022. Ohio State held off on recruiting other quarterbacks in the 2022 class after Ewers committed to the Buckeyes in November 2020, leaving them with plenty of ground to cover when they reclassified in August.

The dominoes eventually fell in Ohio State’s favor, however, when Devin Brown, who had committed to USC at the time of Evers’ decommitment, decided to reopen his recruitment after Clay Helton was fired. The Buckeyes jumped at the chance to pursue Brown and ended up signing the sixth-ranked quarterback in the 2022 class, who will compete with McCord for next year’s starting job.

in 2023

Barring any more unexpected twists, Ohio State will sign Lincoln Kienholtz as its Class of 2023 quarterback on Wednesday. But it only took a week into the early signing period for the Buckeyes to secure him as their defensive end for the current cycle.

With Ewers originally committed to Ohio State’s Class of 2022, the Buckeyes never got much attention with the top linebackers in the class like Ark Manning, Malachi Nelson, Niko Iamaleava and Dante Moore. They couldn’t land those quarterbacks even after Ewers reclassified and eventually offered Brock Glenn in June, decommitting 10 days later. But after decommitting Glenn in November, Ohio State faced the prospect of going without a quarterback in the 2023 class, likely sending the Buckeyes into the transfer market for quarterback depth until it traded Kienholz away from Washington last week.


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