Five-star quarterback Dylan Raiola commits to Ohio State

What a way to kick off Ohio State’s class of 2024.

Not only did Ryan Day land his first commitment in the 2024 cycle, he identified the quarterback of the future at Ohio State. Arizona five-star caller Dylan Raiola gave his verbal pledge to OSU Monday, his birthday, unofficially becoming the leader of OSU’s next round of recruiting.

Raiola was gifted by the Buckeyes on his first visit to Columbus in October when he traveled to Ohio State for the Penn State game and then returned April 1-3 for his second visit . With his family joining him, Raiola fell in love with what Ohio State had to offer and bonded with CJ Stroud and quarterbacks coach Corey Dennis while watching the day’s practice. appreciation of OSU students.

This visit made such an impression on the Raiola family that they returned two weeks later for another visit during Ohio State’s spring game. It was during this visit that Raiola felt comfortable enough to pull the trigger and end his recruiting nearly a month later, giving OSU another top quarterback. waiting in the wings. Raiola chose the Buckeyes over USC, the perceived top challenger with Lincoln Riley in pursuit, and a host of others including Alabama, Oregon and Georgia.

The Raiola file

  • Classroom: 2024
  • Cut: 6-3/225
  • Pos: QC
  • The school: Chandler High School (Chandler, Arizona)
  • Composite rating: ★★★★★
  • Composite ranking: #8 (#3 QB)

Raiola becomes the third five-star composite quarterback to commit to Ohio State in the past four years, joining Kyle McCord and Quinn Ewers (who has since moved to Texas). Freshman quarterback Devin Brown was also ranked as the No. 1 overall prospect and a five-star rookie in the 2022 class by On3.

According to 247Sports’ composite rankings, Raiola is considered the eighth overall prospect and third-best quarterback in the 2024 class. That said, 247Sports and On3 both rank Raiola as the No. 1 player in the 2024 cycle in their own rankings. Regardless, Day has clearly called his shot and is betting on Raiola to be a potential successor to Kyle McCord or Devin Brown when the time comes.

Raiola did not lack success early in his preparation career. In 12 games for Burleson High School (Burleson, Texas) last season, Raiola completed 220 of 336 passes for 3,243 yards and 32 touchdowns with a passer rating of 122. On the field, Raiola completed 53 carries for 97 yards, but scored nine rushing runs. affected.

Raiola transferred to Chandler High School (Chandler, Arizona) during the offseason and will play his final two high school seasons there before arriving in Columbus. If Chandler High School sounds familiar to you, it’s where freshman Kyion Grayes played in high school, then maybe there’s some sort of pipeline starting there.

A hulking 6-foot-3, 225-pound quarterback, Raiola is the son of Nebraska legend and former Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola.

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