On Saturday morning — just hours after he threw in front of Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer and offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Ryan Day at Friday Night Lights — Ocala, Florida, West Port three-star quarterback Brian Maurer landed an offer from the Buckeyes.
The 6-foot-4, 185-pound Maurer is considered the 18th-best pro-style quarterback and No. 491 prospect overall in the class of 2019, as he threw for 2,862 yards and 22 touchdowns while rushing for 400 yards and six touchdowns for the Wolf Pack last season.
He now holds nearly two dozen other offers from programs such as Boston College, Cincinnati, Indiana, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, Texas A&M, UCF, USF and West Virginia, but Ohio State instantly becomes the favorite in his recruitment.
"It would mean a ton [if they offered]," Maurer told Eleven Warriors earlier this spring. "A top-tier school like Ohio State would definitely shake some things up in my recruitment."
Adding another layer to the Buckeyes’ well-documented search for a quarterback in the class of 2019, Michigan State four-star commit Dwan Mathis was a surprise visitor for Friday Night Lights. If Mathis doesn’t flip during his official visit this weekend, I imagine the staff will go all-out for Maurer’s pledge.
Ohio State also appears to be closing in on a commitment from 2020 Arizona four-star quarterback Jack Miller III, who was also on campus for Friday Night Lights. He is expected to make a decision within the next few weeks, meaning the uncertainty surrounding the position could soon be resolved — and give the Buckeyes two quarterbacks to compete for playing time well into the next decade.