Kyle McCord, a highly touted quarterback who will be a junior at St. Joseph’s Prep in Philadelphia this fall, verbally committed to Ohio State on Tuesday.

McCord’s pledge made him the second commitment for the Buckeyes’ class of 2021. Jack Sawyer, a five-star defensive tackle from Pickerington North, committed in February.

In a post on Twitter that included a photoshopped image of McCord in an Ohio State uniform, he announced his commitment to the program.

“#BuckeyeNation, I’m coming for you,” McCord wrote.

#BuckeyeNation, I’m coming for you.

Committed to The Ohio State University. #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/eLLCTOrxBX

— Kyle McCord (@kylemccord16) April 30, 2019


McCord is the first high school quarterback to accept a scholarship offer from the Buckeyes since Ryan Day was promoted to head coach late last year. 

The 247Sports.com composite rankings peg McCord as the eighth-best pro-style quarterback in his recruiting class and as a four-star recruit.

Since Day, a former NFL assistant, was brought to Ohio State by then-coach Urban Meyer as offensive coordinator in 2017, the Buckeyes have pursued more traditional, pocket-style passers.

Jack Miller, a highly ranked quarterback from Arizona who is committed to the Buckeyes’ class of 2020, is a similar pro-style quarterback.

McCord has been something of a quarterback prodigy since middle school, receiving his first college scholarship offer in the summer before he began high school.

His father, Derek McCord, is a former Rutgers quarterback.

The commitment of Kyle McCord furthers the Buckeyes’ recruiting efforts for the 2021 class, as he is teammates with Marvin Harrison Jr., one of the top-ranked wide-receiver prospects and the son of Pro Football Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison. He attended Ohio State’s spring game on April 13.

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