Devin Brown, 4-star quarterback from Utah and former Joe Germaine pupil, headed to Ohio State

Joe Harrington
The Columbus Dispatch

Ohio State football has addition to its quarterback room. 

Several weeks after losing Quinn Ewers and Jack Miller to transfer, the Buckeyes signed the No. 6-ranked quarterback in the Class of 2022 on Wednesday during National Signing Day in Devin Brown. 

The 6-foot-3-inch, 190-pound Brown hails from Draper, Utah, where he played at Corner Canyon High School. Brown is the No. 53-ranked overall recruit in the country and committed to Ohio State on Dec. 1. 

Brown visited Ohio State during the Buckeyes' rout of Michigan State in November.

Ewers, the highest-rated player to sign with Ohio State during the recruiting ranking era, entered the transfer portal days after Brown's commitment and a few days before redshirt freshman quarterback C.J. Stroud was named a Heisman Trophy finalist. 

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Ewers is headed to Texas. 

Class of 2021 five-star recruit Kyle McCord, who won Big Ten Freshman of the Week for his performance against Akron, is also expected to return for his sophomore season. 

Brown, the No,1-ranked player from Utah in the 2022 class, played high school football at Queen Creek High School in Queen Creek, Arizona, before transferring to Corner Canyon this past season. 

Football recruit Devin Brown, a quarterback from Corner Canyon High School in Utah, walks onto the field with Ohio State Buckeyes quarterbacks coach Corey Dennis prior to the game against the Michigan State Spartans at Ohio Stadium in Columbus on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021.

Devin Brown played QB for Ohio State legend Joe Germaine

The Ohio State Buckeyes will play Utah in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1, 25 years after the Buckeyes staged a comeback against Arizona State to win the 1997 Rose Bowl.

Joe Germaine was the leader of the comeback, throwing a touchdown pass to David Boston with 19 seconds left for the win. 

Germaine, now 46, has gone on to be a high school football coach in Arizona and was Brown's coach at Queen Creek High School. 

Germaine left Queen Creek High School for Mountain View High School in April. 

Devin Brown had been committed to USC

Brown committed to the University of Southern California on Sept. 19, 2020. But he continued to take visits and receive offers. USC fired coach Clay Helton almost a year after Brown's commitment. 

Brown visited Ohio State on Nov. 20, decommitted on Nov. 24 and pledged to Ohio State a week later. 

USC hired Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley two days before Brown's commitment to Ohio State. 

Football recruit Devin Brown, a quarterback from Corner Canyon High School in Utah, walks onto the field with Ohio State Buckeyes athletics director Gene Smith and quarterbacks coach Corey Dennis prior to the game against the Michigan State Spartans at Ohio Stadium in Columbus on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021.

The top five quarterbacks to sign with Ohio State 

Brown joins a long list of talented quarterbacks to sign with Ohio State. Here are the top five. The two highest-rated recruits since they started ranking prospects to ever sign with OSU are both quarterbacks. 

  1. Quinn Ewers, Southlake Carroll (Texas), Class of 2021
  2. Terrelle Pryor, Jeannette (Pennsylvania), Class of 2008 
  3. Kyle McCord St. Joseph's (Pennsylvania), Class of 2021
  4. Braxton Miller, Dayton Wayne, Class of 2011
  5. Justin Zwick, Massillon Washington, Class of 2002

The 2022 Ohio State football recruiting class

  • C.J. Hicks, LB 
  • Sonny Styles, S
  • Gabe Powers, LB 
  • Devin Brown, QB 
  • Caleb Burton, WR 
  • Kaleb Brown, WR 
  • Kenyatta Jackson, DE 
  • Kyion Grayes, WR 
  • Tegra Tshabola, OT 
  • Kojo Antwi, WR 
  • Jyaire Brown, CB 
  • Dallan Hayden, RB 
  • George Fitzpatrick, OT 
  • Ryan Turner, CB 
  • Kye Stokes, S 
  • Bennett Christian, TE
  • Avery Henry, OT
  • Caden Curry, DL

Where Ohio State’s 2022 recruiting class ranks 

Ohio State entered December's early National Signing Day with the No.4-ranked recruiting class.

They trail Alabama, Georgia and Texas A&M. Those three programs plan to sign at least three 5-star recruits each.

When is the next National Signing Day?

In 2017, the NCAA brought back the early signing day for football. It went into effect in 2018. But before that, the first Wednesday of February was National Signing Day for football recruits. 

The next signing will be Feb. 2. 

However, recruits don’t have to sign that day. Last year, Ohio State signed J.T. Tuimoloau in the summer. 

How does Ohio State's 2023 recruiting class look right now?

As of now, Ohio State has two commitments in its 2023 class. Tight end Tyler Lockwood of Independence, Tenn. (4-star) and Dayton Wayne standout lineman Joshua Padilla (4-stars) have committed to Ohio State. 

The 10-highest rated recruits to sign with Ohio State 

The recruiting ranking era began in the early 2000s. Here are the 10 highest-rated players to sign with Ohio State. 

  1. Quinn Ewers, QB, Southlake Carroll High School (2021)
  2. Terrelle Pryor, QB, Jeannette High School, (2008)
  3. Ted Ginn Jr., WR, Cleveland Glenville (2004)
  4. J.T. Tuimoloau, DL,  Sammamish (Wash.) Eastside Catholic (2021)
  5. Jack Sawyer, DL, Pickerington North High School (2021)
  6. Julian Fleming, WR, Catawissa (Pa.) Southern Columbia High School (2020)
  7. Noah Spence, DE, Harrisburg (Pa.) Bishop McDevitt (2012)
  8. Nick Bosa, DE, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas (2016)
  9. Beanie Wells, RB, Akron Garfield High School (2006)
  10. Sam Maldonado, RB, Harrison (NY.) High School (2000) 

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