When new Ohio State quarterbacks coach Ryan Day took over for Tim Beck in January, he couldn’t have dreamed of a better scenario to walk into.
Day would welcome, as Beck did in 2015, the country’s most talented quarterbacks room. But he’d do so with a firmly established starter – one on the cusp of breaking every Big Ten record for statistical success at the position – as opposed to the nation’s highest-profile quarterback controversy. Tom Herman had secured a commitment from a 2015 quarterback prospect, Joe Burrow, but Beck had to work overtime to keep the in-state product in the class. Herman also already had landed a 2017 quarterback, but there was work to be done in that recruiting class still.
Urban Meyer’s new assistant coach finds himself in a fairly luxurious position. Ohio State’s 2018 quarterback, Emory Jones, was committed seven months before the 2017 class could sign and remains involved as the future of the Buckeyes offense. That commitment has given Day the opportunity to spend the majority of the 2017 spring evaluation period scouring the country for his first quarterback, focusing primarily on the 2019 and 2020 classes.
This Friday, as Ohio State opens its recruiting camp season, three of the biggest names of the position’s future will converge on Columbus and give Day Meyer a chance to see the future up close and personal. From Arizona, from Texas and from North Carolina, could the next Buckeyes quarterback be heading to campus on Friday?
Here are the big-time prospects expected.
Grant Tisdale, Allen, Texas
A 2019 prospect and a 4-star dual-threat quarterback, Grant Tisdale was offered by Ohio State in early May. The Buckeyes instantly jumped into the role of favorite, at least according to the 247Sports.com Crystal Ball and its first two predictors.
Tisdale is a 6-foot-1, 205-pound prospect from one of the Lone State State’s best football areas, but he has not yet been a starter at the varsity level. That will happen this fall. That makes his 13 early offers, including ones from Baylor, Houston, Tennessee and Oklahoma State, that much more impressive.
With a big performance on Friday, Tisdale could solidify his place as the top choice for Day and Meyer in the Class of 2019. Tom Herman found his first Buckeyes quarterback in Texas and that one – J.T. Barrett – has turned out pretty well.
Garrett Shrader, Charlotte, N.C.
Garrett Shrader is not a 2019 prospect whom we’ve talked about yet here on Land of 10, but there’s good reason that we should. As a sophomore, the 6-foot-5, 195-pound Shrader threw for more than 2,500 yards and 27 touchdowns and had a big-time showing at The Opening regional camp in Charlotte.
Ohio State is expecting to see the young gunslinger on Friday, and an offer from the Buckeyes could bust open a recruitment that is beginning to pick up a lot of momentum. Penn State offered Shrader about a week ago, and now he’ll head to Columbus for an audience with Meyer.
Though he’s a little taller than the last few quarterbacks recruited by Ohio State, Shrader clocked a 4.7 40-yard-dash at The Opening and showed far better-than-average athleticism. Physically, he’s similar to 2018 Notre Dame commit Phil Jurkovec, who was Ohio State’s top target at the position alongside Jones.
Jack Miller, Scottsdale, Ariz.
In recruiting, it’s always a good thing to be a step ahead when it comes to the “next big thing,” and Ohio State make that step when if offered this budding star in May.
Miller, a 6-foot-3, 197-pound sophomore, threw for an incredible 53 touchdowns and more than 3,600 yards as a freshman at Scottsdale Christian last season. This year, he’s making a big jump in competition with a transfer to Chaparral High School, and this summer’s camp circuit should be a good launching point for three years of insane recruiting attention.
Day visited Scottsdale in May and saw Miller throw in person, which prompted the Ohio State offer. Now, Meyer will get a chance to see what the talented Class of 2020 member can do. Miller has eight offers already, including from Florida State, Ole Miss, Arizona, Arizona State, North Carolina and Texas A&M. Some family ties to Ole Miss could have the Rebels as the favorite right now, but a trip to Columbus to meet with Meyer is certainly a trip made for business, not pleasure.
Land of 10 will have updates on these three quarterbacks and a number of other big-time players in attendance at Ohio State’s one-day camp on Friday afternoon. Stay tuned.