In a matter of just a few days, Ohio State went from having a shortage of quarterbacks to a surplus.
The Buckeyes, lacking depth at the position following the transfer of redshirt freshman Matthew Baldwin, landed commitments over the weekend from preferred walk-on J.P. Andrade and Kentucky graduate transfer Gunnar Hoak. Then, on Tuesday morning, Philadelphia St. Joseph’s four-star quarterback Kyle McCord pledged his services to head coach Ryan Day.
#BuckeyeNation, I’m coming for you.
— Kyle McCord (@kylemccord16) April 30, 2019
The 6-3, 204-pound McCord is considered the eighth-best pro-style quarterback and No. 113 overall prospect in the class of 2021, as he completed 66 percent of his passes for a school-record 2,883 yards and 38 touchdowns to lead the Hawks to a state championship last fall. He picked Ohio State over nearly 20 offers from programs such as Boston College, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Syracuse, Texas A&M, Virginia Tech and West Virginia, among others.
McCord first visited campus in February, where he spent a considerable amount of time with Day and passing game coordinator/quarterbacks coach Mike Yurcich. He returned to campus for the annual spring game on April 13, which only solidified his thoughts on the program.
McCord becomes the second member of Ohio State’s 2021 recruiting class, joining Pickerington (Ohio) North five-star defensive end Jack Sawyer. His pledge will certainly help with the Buckeyes’ pursuit of his teammate Marvin Harrison Jr., who is considered the sixth-best wide receiver and No. 51 overall prospect his class.
Harrison — the son of the former NFL wide receiver of the same name — made both trips to Columbus alongside McCord, so it’s safe to say Ohio State is in a great spot on that front, as well.