Dylan Raiola Continues Ryan Day's Absurd Quarterback Recruiting Stretch, Becomes Fifth Top-50 Prospect Since 2020 Class

By Kevin Harrish on May 10, 2022 at 8:35 am
Ryan Day

All Ryan Day does is land elite quarterbacks.

With the commitment of five-star quarterback Dylan Raiola on Tuesday night, the Buckeyes have landed yet another elite quarterback prospect, continuing an absolutely absurd stretch of quarterback recruiting.

Rated as the No. 3 overall quarterback and No. 8 overall prospect in the 2024 class, Raoila becomes the fifth top-50 prospect to commit to play quarterback for the Buckeyes out of high school since the 2020 recruiting class, joining C.J. Stroud, Kyle McCord, Quinn Ewers and Devin Brown.

Ryan Day QB Commits
DYLAN RAIOLA ★★★★★ 2024 3 8
DEVIN BROWN ★★★★ 2022 6 43
KYLE MCCORD ★★★★★ 2021 6 28
QUINN EWERS ★★★★★ 2021 1 1
C.J. STROUD ★★★★ 2020 2 42

McCord, the No. 28 overall prospect in the 2021 recruiting class, became the first quarterback to commit to Day after he became a head coach. He was followed by Stroud, the No. 42 overall prospect in the 2020 class, a few months later.

Ewers, the No. 1 overall prospect, was the next quarterback to commit to Day. His reclassification from the 2022 class to the 2021 class paved the way for Brown, the No. 43 overall prospect, to join the Buckeyes as part of the 2022 class. Raiola is now next in line.

And that doesn't even include Justin Fields, who was the No. 2 overall prospect in the 2018 class coming out of high school before he ultimately ended up becoming Day's first starting quarterback at Ohio State.

This stretch of quarterback recruiting is unprecedented in program history. Before Day's arrival at Ohio State, the Buckeyes had landed just three total top-50 prospects at quarterback in the modern era – Terrelle Pryor in 2008 (No. 1), Braxton Miller (No. 29) in 2011, Justin Zwick in 2002 (No. 34).

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