Ohio State added much-needed depth at quarterback Friday night with the commitment of preferred walk-on JP Andrade from California.
Andrade, from Bonita High School in La Verne, is a three-star prospect according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He’s listed as the 1,729th overall prospect and 57th-best pro style quarterback in the 2019 recruiting class.
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He had been offered by Fordham, Morehead State and South Alabama and had a walk-on offer from Florida but held off from signing in February.
Andrade, who’s listed at 6 feet 3 and 205 pounds, threw for 9,423 yards and 83 touchdowns in his three-year career. In 2018, he threw for 4,366 yards and 39 touchdowns while completing 299 of 449 passes (60 percent).
Can’t thank God enough for this opportunity...Next Stop, Columbus, Ohio.Committed #AllGloryToGod #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/bjV4bLN1aX
— JP Andrade (@JPAndrade12) April 27, 2019
Ohio State needed to replenish its quarterback unit after the departures of Matthew Baldwin and Tate Martell in the offseason. Baldwin unexpectedly announced his intention to leave last week after the spring game. Martell transferred to the University of Miami in January.
That has left Justin Fields, now the unquestioned starter, and graduate transfer Chris Chugunov as the only scholarship quarterbacks on the roster. The only other quarterback on the roster is walk-on Danny Vanatsky.