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Ohio State has been watching Centerville quarterback Chase Harrison for almost two years now. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Early quarterback candidates emerge for Ohio State in Class of 2022

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Few things have been as valuable for the Buckeyes as landing quarterbacks early in the 2020 and 2021 classes.

The knowledge that Jack Miller and Kyle McCord are secured and committed with both making a decision more than 18 full months before they can actually sign gives security to Ohio State at the most important position on the field and on the recruiting trail.

By locking up early verbals from the quarterbacks, the coaching staff has been able to focus on relationship-maintenance rather than building. That grants the Buckeyes freedom to focus on other important positions — and the very early evaluation of quarterbacks in the 2022 class as well.

Of course, the evaluations in that class actually began more than a year ago when the Buckeyes first started tracking Centerville prospect Chase Harrison. But things really kicked into high gear when Day offered Southlake (Texas) Carroll prospect Quinn Ewers before he’d even played a game of high school football.

Ewers actually watched the Buckeyes play in person when they squared off against TCU last season. But the mileage from Texas to Ohio, along with contact restrictions because he’s only a sophomore, hasn’t made it easy for the relationship between the two sides to blossom.

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Quinn Ewers was the first 2022 quarterback to earn an Ohio State offer. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

The same issue arises when you look at the other two 2022 quarterbacks who currently have an Ohio State offer: California’s Maalik Murphy and New Jersey’s Steve Angeli. Murphy is a nationally-ranked player and an early 5-star prospect in the Class of 2022. But Ewers and Angeli earned their offers in person with Day watching during a camp in Columbus in June, and the first-year Buckeyes coach seems to know what he’s looking for from a quarterback.

Brady Allen, a talented sophomore from Fort Branch (Ind.) Gibson Southern High school visited Ohio State last weekend. Though he doesn’t have an offer yet from the Buckeyes, he’s been closely watched — as has Harrison since he first popped onto the radar more than a year ago.

The Buckeyes would like to take one quarterback per recruiting cycle, and they’ve definitely been fortunate to get a head start on the 2022 group. The goal would be for Ohio State to lock up that class at quarterback next summer, as it has done each of the last two years.

There’s still a long way to go before they find the right guy to lead the way, but the search is definitely on.

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