The Elite 11 Finals are over, and while we wait for the updated recruiting rankings, the analysts over at 247Sports have come up with a list of their own after watching the three-day event and “taking a thorough look at each quarterback”. Here’s what they had to say about Ohio State five-star commit Kyle McCord, who they have ranked No. 5.
“Kyle McCord scored a 45 during his pro day. That was the highest mark out of the 20 attendees. The Philadelphia (Pa.) St. Joseph’s product also held his own during the accuracy gauntlet as he was precise and confident with his decisions. The ball in a way just seems to jump out of McCord’s hands which is a trait that we like, a lot. We also how it never feels like he’s forcing anything. The No. 3 ranked pro-style passer is set to spend the next couple years in Columbus with Ryan Day.”
McCord went into the competition ranked No. 8 by the Elite 11 coaching staff, and No. 3 pro-style QB by 247Sports’ Composite rankings. After a rocky start on the first day (Monday), he bounced back and earned himself a score of 45 on Tuesday— just five points short of the all-time Elite 11 Pro Day record holder, Ohio State freshman quarterback CJ Stroud.
After his performance on Day 2, another observer told 247Sports that “his deep balls...were over his receiver’s shoulder and hit them in stride. There is very little chance the defender can make a play on those passes. In general, after the first three or four throws, he was as sharp as just about anybody who went through the drill.”
Five-star Caleb Williams from Washington (DC) Gonzaga, who only scored 34 on Tuesday, was named MVP of the Finals. He “showed why he’s considered a blue-chip talent as he was able to make a difficult throw after difficult throw look easy,” according to 247Sports. Williams is the nation’s No. 1 ranked dual-threat and is expected to commit to Oklahoma on Saturday.
Had McCord won the Elite 11 MVP honor, he would have become the third Ohio State quarterback in the past four years to do so. Justin Fields won it in 2017, and Stroud in 2019.
In between winning Elite 11 Pro Days, McCord is recruiting
Speaking of McCord, he’s been doing some recruiting of his own for the Buckeyes. He told Bill Kurelic of Bucknuts that he (along with his fellow Buckeye 2021 commits) is going after wide receiver target Emeka Egbuka, offensive tackle Tristan Leigh and cornerback Jordan Hancock. He notes that Hancock is currently committed to Clemson but they’re “trying to get him to flip because he has some close ties with some of the guys from our recruiting class.”
“We are still going after a few guys but coaches have been, from Day One, really selective about who we want and now that we are on the final stretch it has really dwindled down to just a couple of guys we are going after.”
The 2021 class has been hinting about another BOOM coming, and if it is in fact one of the three guys that McCord listed, it’d be a major win for the Buckeyes.
- The Buckeyes currently have one 2021 tight end commitment in Sam Hart, and tight ends coach Kevin Wilson has made it clear that he’d like to add a second. However, that task became a little iffier after Ohio State lost four-star TE Hudson Wolfe to Tennessee. While Wilson’s job isn’t done yet for the 2021 class, he’s still working hard on his 2022 group, and one of those names to watch is Jack Nickel from Alpharetta (Ga.) Milton.
Nickel visited Ohio State on Monday, according to Bill Kurelic of Bucknuts, as part of a Midwest tour of colleges. He toured campus alone with his family, as recruits cannot meet with coaches or staff because of the ongoing recruiting dead period.
Nickel was impressed with what he saw, and said he is “definitely” still interested in Ohio State, according to Kurelic. He also talks to Wilson every week.
Nickel is a three-star prospect, the country’s No. 12 tight end in the class of 2022 and the No. 19 prospect in Georgia.
- Ohio State linebacker commit Reid Carrico told Alex Gleitman of Buckeye Scoop that he’s enrolling early because he “doesn’t want to be holding everybody up,” and that he would “feel like he’d be the biggest traitor to his family if he didn’t go to Ohio State.”
Carrico is the No. 2 ILB in the 247Sports Composite, the No. 69 overall player (nice) and the fourth-best player in Ohio in the 2021 class.