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Four-Star Quarterback Air Noland Commits To Ohio State

By April 8, 2023 (8:50 pm)Football

Fairburn (Ga.) Langston Hughes four-star quarterback Air Noland (6-3, 195) announced Saturday that he is committed to Ohio State for his collegiate career, giving the Buckeyes a signal caller for the 2024 recruiting class.

Noland selecting the Buckeyes over Alabama, Arkansas, Clemson, Miami (Fla.), Oregon and Texas A&M, his other top schools. He is the No. 84 overall prospect in the class and the No. 8 quarterback.

His commitment to Ohio State was a rapid development, making his first visit to the school the weekend of March 31 through April 1 and earning his offer from the Buckeyes on that same trip, though he had been in contact with the school prior to his visit. Shortly after, he announced his commitment date, and it wasn’t hard to make the connection as to where he might end up.

“Of course, Coach Ryan Day, Coach (Corey) Dennis and Coach (Brian) Hartline, the three-headed snake at Ohio State speaks for itself,” Noland said during his commitment ceremony. “They develop quarterbacks, Black quarterbacks, into NFL-caliber quarterbacks in the quarterback-oriented offense they have. Jelani (Thurman)’s up there, so I have a teammate of mine up there, but the people around Ohio State, they’re very welcoming.”

The southern southpaw has thrown for 8,024 yards and 104 touchdowns across his first three seasons of high school football, including an outstanding junior season in which he tossed 4,095 yards and 55 touchdowns to just four interceptions while completing 73.1 percent of his passing attempts.

Landing on Noland for the class was likely a best-case scenario for Ohio State around four months after losing out on Phoenix Pinnacle five-star quarterback Dylan Raiola (6-3, 220), the top-ranked prospect in 2024 who was previously committed. They kicked the tires on several other quarterback prospects, though many had already committed to other schools, leaving Noland as one of the top uncommitted prospects in the class.

As for who Noland might throw the ball to, Ohio State offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach Brian Hartline once again worked his magic on April 4 with the commitment of New Haven, Ind., five-star wide receiver Mylan Graham (5-1, 170), who became the second five-star wide receiver in the class to commit to Ohio State.

Following Noland’s commitment, Ohio State holds the No. 4 recruiting class in the country, according to the 247Sports composite rankings, behind No. 3 Michigan, No. 2 LSU and No. 1 Georgia.

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