After concerns began to mount that the Ohio State Buckeyes hadn’t yet picked up any commitments on the defensive side of the ball for their 2020 football recruiting class, those concerns were somewhat alleviated with the pledge of four-star defensive back Lejond Cavazos. However, Ryan Day was back to collecting offensive talent as 2021, four-star quarterback prospect Kyle McCord committed to the Buckeyes.
A Philadelphia native, McCord comes in rated 113th nationally according to 247 Sports, and the eighth best pro-style QB in the 2021 class. The rising-junior already stands at 6-foot-3 and weighs 195 pounds, and has displayed a strong, accurate arm.
Though he hasn’t yet started his third season of high school football, he holds offers from Michigan State, Michigan, Penn State, West Virginia, Arizona, Pitt, Baylor, Mississippi State, and others. In addition to being described as a high-IQ player and an on-field leader, McCord has recently earned offers from Ivy League schools Princeton and Penn, showing that he has elite intelligence both on and off the field.
In Ohio State’s 2021 class, McCord joins five-star defensive end Jack Sawyer. By the time McCord gets to Columbus, if all goes according to plan, Justin Fields will be in his senior season — if he hasn’t departed for the NFL yet. Looking at the QB room, there’s no Matthew Baldwin, and incoming signal-caller Gunnar Hoak would’ve graduated by the time McCord arrives. Jack Miller, a 2020 QB commit, would be entering his second year on campus.
Take a look at McCord in action: