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Ohio State Recruiting Question of the Day
How unusual is 2 top ranked QBs?
— Harold Buchanan (@HBuchanan2) December 16, 2019
Signing two prospects who are each highly-ranked quarterbacks is certainly rare, and it has become even more so in the last 15 years as players have retaken control of their opportunities through less strict NCAA transfer policies.
Yet a day before the early signing period is set to begin, Ryan Day and Ohio State are hoping to pull off that feat in this recruiting cycle. The Buckeyes are set to sign Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral 4-star prospect Jack Miller, and they are hoping they’ve done enough in their efforts to bring Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) 4-star passer C.J. Stroud along with him.
Stroud will announce his college decision on Wednesday afternoon during a press conference from his high school. The announcement, which will be televised by ESPNU, is likely going to be a decision between powerhouse programs Ohio State and Georgia — and could have longstanding ramifications for how Day has to approach recruiting the quarterback position over the next few cycles.
If Ohio State is able to pull off this unusual double, it’d be the first time the program signed a pair of signal-callers in the same class since 2011 when Braxton Miller and Cardale Jones were each expecting to play for Jim Tressel. Though it’s rare to sign two elite-level quarterbacks in the same class, Ohio State has actually made a pretty regular habit of bringing in dual threats at quarterback over the last 30 years or so.
The Buckeyes signed a pair of quarterbacks in 1990, 1993, 1997, 1999, 2002 and 2004. Transfers in college football aren’t new — they’re just getting to play earlier and without penalty at new schools. And keeping a full quarterback room was something that John Cooper and Jim Tressel struggled to do. Now it’s Day’s turn to try and manage the position, and he acknowledged on Monday how challenging that has become.
“You like to have four quarterbacks,” Day said. “It’s almost impossible now to have four quarterbacks on your roster that are on scholarship because they all want to play right now. The great thing about coming to Ohio State is you know you’re going to get developed at a high level.
“The hard thing about that is as you develop these guys, if they can’t play at Ohio State, they feel like they can play somewhere else. They go on, possibly try to play somewhere else. It’s frustrating.”
It may be frustrating, but entering another season with only three scholarship quarterbacks on the roster — both of them being graduate transfers — isn’t ideal, either.
For Ryan Day and there Buckeyes, the preference will always be to recruit and develop their own quarterbacks. And on Wednesday they’ll find out if they have two new ones officially on the way.
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