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Buckeyes quarterback commit earns fifth star
Ohio State commits saw a ratings change on Wednesday.
Kyle McCord is now a composite 5-star prospect and the country’s No. 4-ranked pro-style quarterback, thanks to a 37-spot bump in the 247Sports.com rankings on Wednesday morning.
The future Ohio State quarterback wasn’t the only program commit or target to see his composite ranking impacted by a big change from the folks at 247Sports, though. Here’s how the current verbal commits for the Buckeyes fared following today’s ratings adjustment by way of their new composite ranking, followed by their updated 247Sports ranking. The star ranking listed is according to the composite ranking.
Birm listed them here:
- No. 2 (3) • Jack Sawyer • Defensive End • ★★★★★
- No. 23 (57) • Kyle McCord • Quarterback • ★★★★★
- No. 45 (8) • Donovan Jackson • Offensive Guard • ★★★★
- No. 60 (94) • Marvin Harrison Jr. • Wide Receiver • ★★★★
- No. 77 (108) • Jayden Ballard • Wide Receiver • ★★★★
- No. 91 (120) • Mike Hall • Defensive Tackle • ★★★★
- No. 96 (48) • Reid Carrico • Linebacker • ★★★★
- No. 101 (163) • Ben Christman • Offensive Tackle • ★★★★
For the full breakdown and more recruiting news from Lettermen Row recruiting expert Birm, click here.
Can Demario McCall find a role?
Demario McCall has been unable to crack the rotation at running back or H-back in his Ohio State career. There are a few factors as to why, but the bottom line is time is running out for the incoming senior back from North Ridgeville. He has had some chances and didn’t perform well, but injuries have also plagued the back that so many have been waiting on to break out. It’s a now-or-never offseason for McCall.
Our very own Austin Ward broke that down in the Question of the Day:
Part of this well-worn storyline for McCall’s career has been beyond his control thanks to injuries. Part of it has been on his shoulders thanks to ball-security issues. Some of it is just circumstance on a roster that has been absolutely loaded with elite weapons at the skill positions. And there’s also an element at play that suggests McCall just doesn’t fit the mold of what Ohio State is looking for at running back, which is why he has bounced around as a wide receiver and H-back option in the first place.
After four years in the program, there can be no doubt now that McCall is running out of time heading into spring camp. And even with Marcus Crowley likely on the shelf due to an undisclosed injury for those reps in March and April while the Buckeyes are working to find ways to fill the shoes of J.K. Dobbins, McCall has to be considered a long-shot among the contenders to find a consistent role in the backfield.
Check out the full story here.
Ohio State hoops travels to Iowa for huge road game
The No. 25 Buckeyes (17-8, 7-7 Big Ten), fresh off a new appearance in the AP top 25, will hit the road at Iowa on Thursday night for a huge matchup with the No. 20 Hawkeyes in Iowa City.
Following a 68-52 win over a Purdue team that had been playing good basketball entering the game over the weekend, the Buckeyes have now won five of their last six games. Ohio State struggled through January after a great nonconference start, but now, the Buckeyes will look to continue their hot streak, but it won’t be easy. No Big Ten road wins are. The trip to Iowa might show the Buckeyes where they truly stand among the other contenders in the Big Ten.
The Buckeyes will still be without point guard D.J. Carton, who has been away from the team due to a mental health issue.
The game will tip off at 7 p.m. on ESPN.
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