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JP Andrade commits as preferred walk-on
Ohio State picked up some future insurance at quarterback — at no extra cost, too — when 2019 quarterback JP Andrade committed to the Buckeyes as a preferred walk-on Friday. The La Verne (Calif.) Bonita quarterback is listed by 247Sports as a 3-star prospect and the No. 57 pro-style quarterback in the Class of 2019.
Andrade held offers from South Alabama as well as FCS programs Morehead State and Fordham but chose to wait past National Signing Day to see if any other offers developed. His June arrival with the rest of the Class of 2019 that didn’t enroll early will give the Buckeyes some much needed breathing room, especially since he won’t effect the scholarship situation.
The Buckeyes will continue to pursue Gunnar Hoak as a graduate transfer, but the depth problems aren’t just immediate. In addition to losing older quarterbacks Dwayne Haskins and Tate Martell, the Buckeyes also don’t have any quarterbacks from the Class of 2018 or 2019 because Matthew Baldwin is transferring and Dwan Mathis flipped to Georgia. So while landing Hoak would fill a short-term need, the Buckeyes also need someone younger to fill that gap. This is probably as talented a player the Buckeyes could have gotten under the circumstances, especially without using a scholarship, so credit to Ryan Day and Mike Yurcich for making the best of an unideal situation.
Three Buckeyes drafted on Day 2
A trio of Buckeyes came off the board on Day 2, making it now four years in a row that Ohio State has had five or more players drafted in the first 100 picks. Alabama also got to five players when Damien Harris was picked 87th, which means the Buckeyes and Crimson Tide remain tied for the longest active streak.
Here’s a roundup of which players were selected and by which teams:
2-59: WR Parris Campbell, Indianapolis Colts
3-71: DT Dre’Mont Jones, Denver Broncos
3-76: WR Terry McLaurin, Washington Redskins
Ohio State gains ground with Jordan Morant
A good old-fashioned battle between college football’s greatest rivals appears to be developing for 4-star safety Jordan Morant. The safety made back-to-back visits to Ohio State and Michigan in the last week. As of Friday morning, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound safety says there’s no clear-cut leader between the pair of bitter enemies.
“I would say Michigan and Ohio State are leaders,” Morant told Lettermen Row. “It’s hard to say which one is leading. Hard. All I know is they’re both up there.”
Michigan and Penn State both have 247Sports.com crystal ball predictions for Morant, and Ohio State doesn’t. But his glowing review about his Buckeyes visit may change some minds.
“I honestly didn’t expect much until we got on campus,” he said. “You really don’t know what to expect in Ohio, you know? When I got to campus I was just blown away.
“The Ohio State visit was just spectacular. I really loved it, and I definitely want to come back again because of how special that place is. What really stood out was just how nice the campus actually was, and the atmosphere there was just amazing. I really loved the facilities they had there. I really enjoyed everything about it.”
Dwayne Haskins gets his wish
How’s this for speaking something into existence?
— Dwayne Haskins, Jr🌹 (@dh_simba7) April 24, 2019
Best remaining Buckeyes
As the NFL Draft finishes with the final four rounds on Saturday, here’s a list of where Mel Kiper ranks Ohio State prospects among the best remaining players.
No. 10: OG Michael Jordan
No. 16: CB Kendall Sheffield
No. 64: OT Isaiah Prince
No. 90: RB Mike Weber
No. 213: WR Johnnie Dixon
- NFL Draft: Today
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