Ohio State gets five-star pro-style quarterback Kyle McCord.
McCord, who played high school ball at St. Joseph’s in Philadelphia, chose Ohio State over local schools like Penn State, Rutgers, Penn, and Princeton. He also rejected offers from Clemson, Michigan, and Michigan State.
According to 247Sports Composite, McCord is the 24th-ranked recruit in the country. He is the third-ranked pro-style quarterback in the nation and the second-ranked recruit from Pennsylvania.
McCord also joined the Elite 11 Finals roster and the All-American Bowl Roster.
Brian Hartline recruited McCord, who committed all the way back in April 2019. Hartline, who is the Buckeyes’ wide receivers coach, also recruited McCord’s high school teammate, Marvin Harrison Jr.
McCord stands at 6’3″ and 215 pounds. He will be less mobile than what Ohio State fans are used to seeing at Ohio State. But he makes up for it with his arm. His arm is strong enough that he makes great throws when he is off base, and better throws when he has his feet under him. He has the awareness to move around in the pocket when he needs to, and he can throw well on the run.
Ohio State has had success with many dual-threat quarterbacks like Justin Fields, J.T. Barrett, and Braxton Miller. McCord compares better to Dwayne Haskins out of recent Ohio State quarterbacks. Brian Dohn of 247Sports compares McCord to Matthew Stafford.
With Fields presumably in the NFL next year, the starting job will be wide open. McCord will get to compete with five-star recruit C.J. Stroud and three-star recruit Jack Miller. One thing is for certain: the quarterback room in Columbus will be crowded.
But Ryan Day has coached three of the best quarterbacks in Ohio State’s history in Barrett, Haskins, and Fields. Day knows exactly what to do with talented quarterbacks.
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