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Likelihood of Gunnar Hoak becoming a Buckeye
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Ohio State can’t necessarily afford to pin all of its hopes on just one target in the transfer portal, because the program has to make absolutely sure it adds another quarterback before training camp.
Gunnar Hoak is going to have multiple options available to him depending on exactly what he might want from his next stop after leaving Kentucky, so he doesn’t have to jump at the first offer.
But from the outside, it’s hard to see how a marriage between the Buckeyes and Hoak wouldn’t be anything but perfect.
Maybe Ohio State has eyes on another passer on the market. Perhaps Hoak would rather go somewhere he can be assured that he could be the starter. Nobody knows for sure what either the program or the former three-star recruit from Dublin Coffman truly want as this courting process begins, and maybe this would count as more of a slam-dunk decision for the Buckeyes than it would for Hoak.
The sales pitch, though, has to be appealing for a local kid who has family members who played or coached for the Buckeyes. Hoak was still in the Columbus suburbs when Ohio State famously turned to a third-string quarterback on the way to the national championship, so he should be keenly aware of the potential opportunity that comes even from a backup role with the program. If he wants off-the-field opportunities, Real Life Wednesdays and the internships Ohio State helps coordinate really can’t be matched anywhere in the country. And when it comes to developing as a passer, Ryan Day has already proven himself in that regard and is about to send a first-round draft pick on to the NFL.
Hoak is the only one who can answer whether or not Ohio State has what he’s looking for as he leaves Kentucky. But it’s a safe bet that he would be welcomed home by the Buckeyes with open arms, particularly since they would have him around for two seasons to solidify the depth chart, provide some security behind Fields and protect the national-championship potential for a roster loaded at every other position.
What are the actual odds of Ohio State landing him? Gunnar Hoak is expected to take a visit to the Buckeyes as soon as this weekend, and that could help clarify the situation and provide a better feel for the potential fit.
But for now, the only thing that seems certain is that Hoak should be at the top of the wish list for Ohio State — and landing him would be another huge victory for Ryan Day.
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