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2021 QB Kyle McCord excited by Ohio State offer
Ohio State has now offered four 2021 quarterbacks after Wednesday’s offer to Philadelphia (Pa.) St. Joseph’s Kyle McCord.
— Kyle McCord (@kylemccord16) January 16, 2019
Following a sensational sophomore year that saw McCord compete 66 percent of his passes for a school record 2,883 yards and 38 touchdowns, McCord’s recruitment has really taken off in recent weeks. He already held offers from Penn State, Michigan, North Carolina and Baylor — and early on Thursday added Virginia Tech as well.
“[Ohio State receivers coach] Brian Hartline came by today,” McCord told Lettermen Row. “It was huge [getting the offer]. Obviously, after what they did this year, winning the Big Ten and then the Rose Bowl, it’s pretty neat to have an offer from them.
“On top of that I think my game is really similar to Dwayne Haskins, too. I feel like I’d fit the system well.”
McCord is 6-foot-3, 195-pounds and currently unranked according to the 247Sports.com rankings, but he’s become a hot name on the recruiting trail.
“I’ve visited Penn State, Michigan, Georgia, Stanford, Clemson and a few others,” McCord said. “I think I’ll take a visit to Ohio State in February at some point. My dad spoke to Ryan Day on the phone, and I think I’ll have a conversation with him at some point in the next week.”
Part of Ohio State’s appeal for McCord and his father, who played quarterback at Rutgers in the late 80s, is Day.
“Top talent at [the college] level trusts in him,” he said. “They trust that he will get them ready for the next level. With all the possible options Dwayne Haskins and Justin Fields had on where they wanted to go to college, and to pick Ohio State and Coach Day? That speaks volumes to me.”
Marvin Harrison Jr. also offered by Buckeyes
While Hartline was at St. Joseph’s High School, he also offered 2021 receiver Marvin Harrison Jr, a 6-foot-3, 175-pound athlete ranked as the country’s third-best receiver.
— Marvin Harrison Jr.🎱 (@MarvHarrisonJr) January 16, 2019
Harrison is the son of the former star receiver for the Indianapolis Colts and is going to be one of the country’s most sought-after players in the 2021 cycle. He’s a track standout as well for St. Joe’s, and the offer from the Buckeyes sure to draw the attention of this early 5-star prospect.
According to PennLive.com, Harrison and his quarterback — McCord — have not dismissed the idea of playing football together at the next level.
“I definitely wouldn’t mind that at all,” Harrison said. “Kyle is a great player. He makes my job easier, and I think I do the same for him. We complement each other well, and I think we can be a dangerous duo at any level.”