Though it's seemed as if Ohio State has been held hostage for the last few months by the uncertainty surrounding five-star quarterback commit Emory Jones, the staff has not simply watched as their star signal caller visited other schools.
No, quarterbacks coach Ryan Day instead identified Austin, Texas, Lake Travis three-star Matthew Baldwin — who was committed to Colorado State at the time — as a top contingency target and offered him a scholarship following an unofficial visit for the Buckeyes' 48-3 win over Michigan State.
Tonight, just under a month after that visit, Baldwin announced his commitment to Ohio State.
The Baldwin File
- Class: 2018
- Size: 6-foot-3, 195 pounds
- Pos: QB
- School: Lake Travis (Austin, TX)
- Composite Rating: ★★★
- Composite Rank: 17 (PRO)
The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Baldwin is considered the 17th-best pro-style quarterback and No. 464 prospect overall in the Class of 2018. He committed to the Rams in July over offers from programs such as Brown, Columbia, Dartmouth, Davidson, Texas State and UTSA.
Baldwin seen his stock soar in his first year as a starter with the Cavaliers, though, and has picked up offers from Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, North Carolina in the last month as a result. He decommitted from Colorado State last Thursday.
Baldwin becomes the 19th member of Ohio State's Supreme '18 recruiting class, and has indicated all along Jones' pledge wouldn't impact his own potential commitment. Time will only tell if the Buckeyes bring on two quarterbacks this cycle.