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Scarlet Sunrise: Has Ohio State’s preferred 2021 QB recruit emerged?

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Kyle McCord could end up being Ohio State's class of 2021 quarterback. (Kyle McCord/Twitter)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Has Ohio State’s preferred 2021 QB recruit emerged?

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Is Kyle McCord Ohio State’s 2021 QB?

Ohio State has its sights on a 2021 quarterback, and though it didn’t happen this weekend, a possible commitment from Philadelphia St. Joseph’s Prep 4-star prospect Kyle McCord could be coming in the near future.

“I wanted to hold off for now — Ohio State is still my top school in the process, but I want to take a couple more visits before I commit anywhere,” McCord told Lettermen Row after this three-day visit to Columbus. “It was hard not to commit on the spot given that Ohio State is such a high-caliber program, but I felt it was best to wait a little longer. I think I’ll announce my college commitment in May or June.”

Ryan Day’s influence continues to be felt in the recruitment of McCord.

“I really like Coach Day as a coach, but on top of that he’s an even better man off the field,” McCord said. “I feel like he would do a great job preparing me for the next level. A bunch of his concepts are straight from the NFL, and the list of guys he’s coached is ridiculous. I feel like I fit his system well, and we are starting to build a great relationship.”

Ohio State quarterbacks coach Mike Yurcich has been very heavily involved with McCord as well and will go see the 6-foot-4, 195-pound sophomore in May.

For more on Ohio State recruiting, check out the Sunday edition of Dotting the ‘Eyes.

Marvin Harrison Jr. enjoys visit

McCord happens to have a teammate who is also quite good at football — 4-star receiver Marvin Harrison Jr., the son of NFL Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison. Lettermen Row recruiting czar Birm did a good job here of breaking down how Harrison feels about Ohio State and the state of his recruitment.

The biggest takeaways from Birm’s story are that the Buckeyes are in great shape but they’ll also probably have to fend off another national power in order to win his commitment and signature.

“One visit that I do have in mind is a Clemson visit, I talked to the coaches there and they said they were going to offer in the summer, so after that, I might take a visit or two there,” Harrison said. “Other than them, I don’t really have any other schools in mind as far as visiting.”

Ohio State hoops lands Ibrahim Diallo

With Ohio State freshman Jaedon LeDee in the transfer portal, the need for Chris Holtmann and the Buckeyes to land another player in the Class of 2019 became pretty large.

As usual, Holtmann and his coaching staff have delivered. Rising prospect Ibrahim Diallo, a 3-star center, committed to the Buckeyes on Sunday. Diallo is the country’s 41st-ranked center in the Class of 2019 and provides Ohio State with much-needed interior help. Diallo is 7 feet tall, giving the Buckeyes a big, talented defender who will add some depth and help back up star Kaleb Wesson. He could also provide him a worthwhile opponent in practice.

With the addition of Diallo, the 2019 Ohio State basketball recruiting class moves up to No. 9 in the national rankings.

Spring game analysis

If you missed the Ohio State spring game on Saturday, be sure to check out our analysis from the game, including the following stories:

What we learned about Ohio State this spring

Snap judgments from the spring game

Which players earned our Buckeye Leaves

Watch Ryan Day’s postgame press conference

Garrett Wilson seems good

Just want to throw this out there as a separate note because it’s worth making sure y’all see it. If you have not seen 5-star early enrollee Garrett Wilson’s touchdown catch from the spring game, please remedy that below. All signs thus far point to him living up to the tremendous hype that surrounds him, and he got to show everyone on Saturday.

Counting down

  • NFL Draft: 10 days

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Ryan Ginn

Ryan Ginn has covered Ohio State football and recruiting since 2013, having done so previously for Buckeye Sports Bulletin and Landof10.com. He is currently a student at Tulane Law School and resides in New Orleans, La.

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