We knew that due to the lack of the depth in the Ohio State Buckeyes’ quarterback room that they had long planned to bring in two players at the all-important position. However, few imagined when that possibility began to become popular that the second QB in the 2020 class would be as good as CJ Stroud, who committed live on ESPNU on Wednesday.
Arizona’s Jack Miller has been committed to Ohio State since July 1, 2018 and signed with OSU on Wednesday morning. But, as a four-star, 6-foot-4 prostyle quarterback, the assumption was that whomever Ryan Day ended up adding to the class would be supplementary to Miller.
But, as Miller’s final two high school seasons progressed, he dealt with injuries, hurting his recruiting rankings, and opening the door for another top-ranked talent to join the class. So, in October, Ohio State offered Stroud and — following a visit from Day and passing coordinator Mike Yurchich last week and an official visit over the weekend — the Rancho Cucamonga, Cali. native committed and signed on the first day of the early signing period.
Stroud is 6-foot-2.5 and 194 pounds and is the No. 83 player in the country and the second-rated prostyle quarterback. Though Stroud visited Michigan last week, the thought was that Georgia was the only other team in his considerations.
Stroud has one of the strongest arms of any prospect in the country and throws a really good deep ball. He already has the poise and maturity in the pocket of someone much older, but still has some room to put on additional muscle, which shouldn’t be a problem at OSU.
He finished his senior season with 3,566 yards and 46 touchdowns through the air.
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