The Buckeyes have their class of 2024 quarterback. Again.
Prentiss ‘Air’ Noland picked the Buckeyes over six other finalists to join Ohio State’s growing class of 2024. Alabama, Texas A&M, Oregon, Miami and Clemson all were under consideration to land the 6-foot-2, 185-pound southpaw quarterback.
The commitment of Noland is yet another victory for the Buckeyes in the state of Georgia as recruiting remains hot in the Peach State, even with the in-state Bulldogs taking more than their fair share of top players from within the state.
Noland still has a year left to go at Langston Hughes high school in suburban Atlanta. If you feel that school sounds familiar, you would be right, Ohio State true freshman Jelani Thurman was a teammate of Noland and played a role in landing the signal caller.
There was plenty of drama going into Noland’s recent visit to Ohio State, coming to Columbus (Ohio) without an offer in-hand but everyone knowing that if Ryan Day and the Buckeyes offered, it could be a game changer.
And in a week’s time, it was as Noland has said yes to Ohio State.
2022 saw Noland throw for close to 4,100 yards along with accounting for 55 touchdowns. As impressive as that is his 73-percent completion rate and while the windows will get tighter in college, having an accurate quarterback coming from the prep ranks is always a first great step.
The Buckeyes were left searching for a quarterback after accepting an early pledge from Dylan Raiola and then ultimately seeing the early commitment become an early decommitment and the Buckeyes were back to square one.
Noland in no way is any sort of Plan B as his offer list would indicate and his ranking would reinforce, being a top-100 player with two of the major services.
It has been a while since the Buckeyes have had a left-handed quarterback and it may take fans a minute to adjust their eyes with the left-handed mechanics, but at the end of the day it is all football and a forward pass will still go forward, no matter if a rightie or leftie is the one delivering it.
Ohio State’s quarterback room could be in a state of flux by the time Noland arrives on campus with the Buckeyes still looking at a quarterback battle between Kyle McCord and Devin Brown. A couple of things that we do know are that Tristan Gebbia will be out of eligibility by the time that Noland arrives, and Lincoln Kienholz will be with the team, but we are still not sure who will be on top of the QB pecking order and who will still be in Columbus for the 2024 season.
Noland joins a class that already has the nation’s top receiver with Jeremiah Smith along with five-star Mylan Graham. Jeremiah McClellan, Jojo Trader and Elijah Moore are all in the mix along wit others, it could be yet another stellar receiver class to add to Ohio State’s depth. It is something that no quarterback would ever turn away.
We will have more on this breaking news of Noland and the Buckeyes including what the Buckeyes are getting with their new quarterback and what this means potentially for the overall recruiting effort.