Ever since Quinn Ewers reclassified to 2021, Ohio State has been looking another signal-caller for its 2022 class.
The Buckeyes had hoped to flip four-star Ohio quarterback Drew Allar from Penn State, but the state's fourth-ranked prospect held true to his commitment with the Nittany Lions.
Enter four-star quarterback Devin Brown. Brown, a Utah resident, was committed to USC until late November, then decided to find a new home after former Trojans coach Clay Helton was fired midseason.
While Ohio State was late to the party in Brown's recruitment, only offering the 6-foot-3, 189-pound standout in October, the Buckeyes were eventually able to sway the nation's fifth-best quarterback prospect into joining the team. Brown officially committed to OSU on Wednesday and plans to be an early enrollee in January.
Brown took official visits to Ole Miss, Texas and Ohio State since he reopened his recruitment in October. He officially decommitted from USC on Nov. 24.
The Brown File
- Class: 2022
- Size: 6-3/189
- Pos: Quarterback
- School: Corner Canyon (Draper, Utah)
- Composite Rating: ★★★★
- Composite Rank: 52 (5 QB)
His official visit to Ohio State occurred just four days before his decommitment when the Buckeyes hosted Michigan State. Brown spent the majority of the afternoon hanging around Ohio State quarterbacks coach Corey Dennis and later told multiple outlets he had a positive visit in Columbus. Dennis visited Brown in Utah earlier in the fall, and Brown’s commitment comes just two days after Ryan Day traveled to Utah to make an in-home visit with Brown and his family.
The gunslinging quarterback from Utah is ranked as the nation's 52nd-best prospect and the fifth-best quarterback in the cycle, per 247Sports' composite rankings. In 14 games for Corner Canyon High School (Draper, Utah) this season, Brown threw for a Utah single-season state record 4,881 yards and 57 touchdowns.
Brown is the first player from Utah that Ohio State has signed since offensive lineman Branden Bowen in 2015, who also attended Corner Canyon. The Buckeyes now have eight top-100 recruits in the 2022 class and 17 commits overall, with Brown being the lone quarterback.
|LB||C.J. HICKS||★★★★★||#7 NATL | #1 LB||6-3 | 215||Archbishop Alter (Dayton, OH)|
|LB||GABE POWERS||★★★★||#49 NATL | #5 LB||6-4 | 230||Marysville (Marysville, OH)|
|CB||TERRANCE BROOKS||★★★★||#50 NATL | #8 CB||5-11 | 190||Little Elm (Little Elm, TX)|
|QB||DEVIN BROWN||★★★★||#52 NATL | #5 QB||6-3 | 189||Corner Canyon (Draper, UT)|
|WR||CALEB BURTON||★★★★||#59 NATL | #7 WR||6-0 | 165||Lake Travis (Austin, TX)|
|WR||KALEB BROWN||★★★★||#63 NATL | #9 WR||5-11 | 177||St. Rita (Chicago, IL)|
|DE||KENYATTA JACKSON||★★★★||#70 NATL | #8 Edge||6-5 | 235||Chaminade-Madonna Prep (Hollywood, FL)|
|WR||KYION GRAYES||★★★★||#98 NATL | #14 WR||6-0 | 175||Chandler (Chandler, AZ)|
|OT||TEGRA TSHABOLA||★★★★||#112 NATL | #10 OT||6-6 | 350||Lakota West (West Chester, OH)|
|WR||KOJO ANTWI||★★★★||#133 NATL | #20 WR||6-0 | 190||Lambert (Suwanee, GA)|
|CB||JYAIRE BROWN||★★★★||#155 NATL | #19 CB||6-0 | 178||Lakota West (West Chester, OH)|
|RB||DALLAN HAYDEN||★★★★||#277 NATL | #24 RB||5-11 | 195||Christian Brothers (Memphis, TN)|
|OT||GEORGE FITZPATRICK||★★★★||#322 NATL | #27 OT||6-6 | 285||Cherry Creek (Englewood, CO)|
|CB||RYAN TURNER||★★★★||#341 NATL | #37 CB||6-0 | 180||Chaminade-Madonna Prep (Hollywood, FL)|
|S||KYE STOKES||★★★★||#348 NATL | #16 ATH||6-2 | 185||Armwood (Seffner, FL)|
|TE||BENNETT CHRISTIAN||★★★||#372 NATL | #16 TE||6-6 | 235||Allatoona (Acworth, GA)|
|OT||AVERY HENRY||★★★||#123 OT||6-6 | 305||St. Clairsville (Saint Clairsville, OH)|
|Prospect Rating Data: 247Sports|
It will be fair to wonder what this may mean for Ohio State's quarterback room, seeing as the Buckeyes currently have three quarterbacks on scholarship with Ewers, C.J. Stroud, and Kyle McCord. Jack Miller III has already entered the transfer portal, but it wouldn't be all that surprising if there's more attrition at that position in the offseason.
Before Brown's commitment, Ohio State's recruiting class was ranked sixth nationally, but Brown's commitment moved OSU up to fourth, jumping Notre Dame and Big Ten rival Penn State.