This offseason, the Ohio State Buckeyes have gone through a number of major shake-ups in the quarterback department. From Tate Martell transferring to Miami and Matthew Baldwin entering the transfer port, to JP Andrade entering the fray as a preferred walk-on, there have been additions and subtractions aplenty.
On Saturday evening, there was another major addition to the QB room in Columbus, as Dublin, Ohio native and former Kentucky QB Gunnar Hoak announced that he would be transferring to Ohio State. Reported first by Bill Rabinowitz of the Columbus Dispatch, Hoak posted a message on Twitter confirming the move.
Co❌ing ho❌e!! pic.twitter.com/XsGbsskISL— Gunnar Hoak (@GunnarHoak12) April 28, 2019
While Justin Fields is the current frontrunner to helm the Bucks in Ryan Day’s inaugural season as head coach, Hoak is a viable candidate to take over the position if something were to happen to Fields. As a graduate transfer, Hoak will have two years of eligibility remaining at OSU.
For the former Wildcat, this is a return to the Buckeye State. A member of the 2016 recruiting class, Hoak was a three-star prospect out of Dublin Coffman in Dublin (OH). Last season for UK, he appeared in four games and threw for 167 yards, two touchdowns and an interception on 13-of-26 passing.
This is a big get for the Buckeyes, as they needed more depth in the QB room. The addition of Hoak should alleviate fears in the experience and depth departments heading into the summer.