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Ohio State Recruiting Question of the Day
Question for 2023, do we try to recruit an elite QB with all of the talent in the room and Ewers in 2022?
— Dave Rowland (@DRoBuckeye4Life) March 29, 2021
If the last few years of Ohio State football have taught us anything, it’s that there can never be too many quarterbacks on the roster.
At the end of the 2018 season, the Buckeyes felt comfortable with a room that had Dwayne Haskins, Tate Martell and Matthew Baldwin in it. By the end of the following spring, the roster was Justin Fields and Chris Chugunov.
Things can change quickly.
Since Ryan Day took the reins at Ohio State, things have stabilized a bit after Justin Fields provided two record-breaking years on the field. With Fields leading the way, Day and the Buckeyes have become a top option for high school quarterbacks around the country. Ohio State has landed commitments out of Arizona, California, Texas and Pennsylvania under Day and has begun actively looking for its 2023 quarterback already.
Yes, absolutely the Buckeyes need a quarterback in the Class of 2023. There’s no doubt that the Buckeyes will try their best to make sure whoever ends up in the class will be one of the country’s premier talents. Ohio State is not in the position it’s in by purposely recruiting or signing players that are average. The Buckeyes have awfully-high standards — and that’s the standard.
There’s a number of reasons for that, but the most important one to know is this: As the 2019 offseason proved, the roster isn’t guaranteed to look the same in six months from now, let alone two years from now. Yes, the current group of C.J. Stroud, Jack Miller, Kyle McCord and 2022 commit Quinn Ewers is packed full of talent.
Still, it seems unlikely that each of those guys will be on the roster two Decembers from now.
That’s the state of college football right now. New NCAA transfer rules will make it harder to hold on to quality depth at quarterback. It’s the game’s most important position, and the players hold more leverage than ever.
Ohio State will need more elite players than ever before, not less. Especially at quarterback.
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