Ohio State Soccer Recruitment: Dylan Raiola, No. 1 potential QB in 2024 class, commits to Buckeyes

The world of college football is in the middle of the 2023 recruitment cycle, but it’s never too early to start looking to the future. Dylan Raiola, a potential five-star player and No. 8 overall player in the 247Sports Composite Rankings, announced his commitment to Ohio State Monday night. Raiola, a potential No. 1 quarterback at 247Sports, 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-pounder from Chandler (Arizona) High School, emerged as a superstar in the recruiting class. His size has already impressed many high school football analysts, including national 247 recruiting expert Chris Singletary.

“This bi-athlete who also plays baseball has a nice athletic look,” Singletary wrote. “He has a well proportioned build and frame. With a strong lower body, he is capable of generating power and speed in his throws. As he continues to mature and grow, he can top the scales at 235 lbs. His athletic performance is good and he should improve as he develops throughout his career “.

Raiola threw for 3,241 yards, threw 32 touchdown passes, and scored 9 touchdowns in 12 games as a sophomore despite his relative inexperience as a high school rookie.

Singletary wrote: “Raiola is a player who has quite a few gaps in his game even though he has two more years left in high school.” “He’s ahead of the curve with mechanics and has arm strength that puts him in elite company. Because of his ability, physical talent and positive attributes, his talent for playing in any offensive scheme puts him in high-level results. More than playing and having reps, making and feeling the decision will only get faster and become Second Nature. Being a strong starting player for several years and probably being picked at all conferences seems destined for his future.”

Raiola made several unofficial visits this spring, including a trip to Ohio’s Spring Game. He is the son of former Nebraska center and 14-year-old NFL veteran Dominic Raiola; Although the Cornhuskers were not listed among the finalists, they also attended the spring game in Nebraska.

That commitment is huge for Buckeyes coach Ryan Day, who is looking to get a quick start on the field in the race for Class One in 2024. Raiola is the first player to commit to the Buckeyes during their next recruiting cycle, the second a five-star player to announce his decision and top A committed rating in its class. Highly rated classrooms usually benefit from the snowball effect, and a foundation that Raiola created on Monday night could start a wave of high school students sticking with the Buckeyes. Generally, players are the most important recruits during any tournament.

On the court, Raiola should be a star. CJ Stroud may be the Redshirt freshman in the NFL after this season, and sophomore Kyle McCord will likely step in if Stroud moves. That should open the door for Raiola and real freshman Devin Brown to compete for number one on the depth chart in 2024.

The Ohio quarterback has become a springboard to the success of the NFL, and Raiola could be next in Columbus.

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