Ohio State lands top uncommitted quarterback C.J. Stroud

Joey Kaufman
Rancho Cucamonga quarterback CJ Stroud. [Inland Valley Daily Bulletin]

Throughout the fall, Ohio State coach Ryan Day made it no secret that he hoped to sign two quarterbacks in his program’s recruiting class for 2020.

The hope was fulfilled Wednesday when the Buckeyes picked up a commitment from C.J. Stroud.

In a televised ceremony at his high school in Rancho Cucamonga, California, Stroud announced he would sign with Ohio State over other finalists, including Georgia, Michigan, Oregon and Southern California.

In his signing ceremony, Stroud said he was swayed by Day’s success with quarterbacks, including Fields and Dwayne Haskins Jr., who succeeded as first-time starters.

“I feel like Ohio State is definitely putting out the best quarterbacks and getting them ready for the NFL,” Stroud said. “That's definitely something I want to do in the future. I just feel like I can be the best dude for it.”

Stroud was the top-ranked uncommitted passer in the country, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.

His commitment came on the heels of an official visit with Ohio State, after visiting Michigan the previous weekend.

He will join Jack Miller, a longtime commit from Scottsdale, Arizona, who is also rated as a four-star, giving the Buckeyes’ two quarterback signees in a class for the first time since 2015.

Miller signed his letter of intent early Wednesday.

Less than a half-hour after Stroud’s announcement on ESPNU, Ohio State announced it had received his signed letter of intent.

It is rare for the Buckeyes, as well as other programs, to sign two quarterbacks in one class because of concerns over playing time as players’ eligibility overlaps.

The Buckeyes last brought in multiple quarterbacks in a class when they signed Joe Burrow and Torrance Gibson four years ago. Both ultimately transferred.

Day prioritized signing multiple quarterbacks in this class because of concerns about depth.

After this season, they return only two scholarship quarterbacks, Justin Fields and Gunnar Hoak.

The goal for Day is to keep four scholarship QBs on the roster.

As for the incoming quarterbacks, Stroud was ranked as the nation's sixth-best quarterback; Miller was 25th.

It wasn’t until his junior that Stroud became a varsity starter, making him a more under-the-radar prospect initially. Miller started as a freshman at Scottsdale Christian Academy, the first high school he attended before transferring.

Stroud’s recruiting profile took off this summer after he was named the MVP of the Elite 11, the prestigious passing competition for rising high school seniors. Fields also took the same honor at the event in 2018.

At 247Sports, Stroud is listed at 6 feet 2½ and 194 pounds.



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