Ohio State football recruiting: No. 1 QB prospect Dylan Raiola in Class of 2024 commits to Buckeyes

The world of college football is in the middle of the 2023 recruiting cycle, but it’s never too early to start looking ahead. Dylan Raiola, a five-star prospect and the No. 8 player overall on 247Sports Composite, announced his commitment to Ohio State on Monday night. Raiola, the 247Sports No. 1 quarterback prospect, picked the Buckeyes over Alabama, Georgia, Oregon and USC. He surprised everyone with the announcement during his birthday celebration.

Raiola, a 6-foot-3, 225-pound high school student from Chandler, Arizona, has become a true superstar in his recruiting class. His size has already impressed several high school football analysts, including 247Sports national recruiting expert Chris Singletary.

“This dual-sport athlete who also plays baseball has a great athletic profile,” Singletary wrote. “He has a well-proportioned build and frame. With his sturdy lower body, he is able to generate power and speed on his throws. As he continues to mature and grow, he could top the scales at 235 pounds. His athleticism is good and should improve as he progresses throughout his career.”

Raiola threw for 3,241 yards, threw for 32 touchdown passes and had nine rushing touchdowns in 12 games as a sophomore despite being relatively inexperienced as a high school starter.

“Raiola is a player who has very few holes in his game even though he still has two years of high school left,” Singletary wrote. “He’s ahead of the curve with his mechanics and has the arm strength that puts him in elite company. Because of his ability, physical talent and positive traits, his talent positions him to play in n Any offensive pattern with high-level results. The more reps he plays and has, his decision-making and feelings will only quicken and become second nature. Being a Power Five starter for several years and perhaps being a selection of all conferences seems destined for its future.

Raiola has made several unofficial visits this spring, including a trip to the Ohio State spring game. He is the son of former Nebraska center and 14-year-old NFL veteran Dominic Raiola; although the Cornhuskers were not among his finalists, he also attended Nebraska’s spring game.

This commitment is huge for Buckeyes coach Ryan Day, who is looking to get off to a strong start on the court in the race to the top class in 2024. Raiola is the first player to commit to the Buckeyes in the next round of recruitment, the second five-star player to announce his decision and the highest-ranked player hired in his class. High-ranking classes usually benefit from the snowball effect, and the foundation Raiola established on Monday night could spark a wave of high schoolers committing to the Buckeyes. Generally speaking, players are the most important scouts during any cycle.

On the pitch, Raiola should be a star. Redshirt second CJ Stroud could leave for the NFL after this season and second Kyle McCord will likely step in if Stroud moves on. This should open the door for Raiola and current true freshman Devin Brown to battle it out for the top spot on the depth chart in 2024.

The quarterback job at Ohio State has become a launching pad for NFL success, and Raiola could be next in line at Columbus.

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