Football Recruiting

Ohio State Offers Scholarship To 2019 Quarterback

Ryan Hilinski

The fallout from Joe Burrow’s departure continued tonight as Ohio State offered a scholarship to a 2019 quarterback prospect for the second time in a week.

Ryan Hilinski is a 4-star prospect from California, ranked as the No. 6 pro-style quarterback in the class.

He is currently committed to South Carolina.

Hilinski piled up impressive stats last fall as a junior for Orange Lutheran High School. He completed just shy of 70 percent of his passes for 3,749 yards and 33 touchdowns against only six interceptions.

His highlight reel shows a quarterback with good touch on the deep ball, connecting on a number of passes more than 40 yards downfield.

He would represent something of a change from the recent mold of Ohio State quarterbacks.

Hilinski is mobile enough to avoid trouble in the pocket, but has not been a consistent weapon on the ground. He rushed for six touchdowns as a junior, but compiled only 80 total rushing yards on 87 carries.

He is the younger brother of Tyler Hilinski, the Washington State quarterback who tragically took his own life earlier this year.

At the moment, Ryan Hilinski is still solidly committed to the Gamecocks.

He has not yet visited Columbus, and until he does, it’s not worth getting too excited for his chances to flip his commitment.

Hilinski is the second quarterback who is already committed elsewhere to earn an OSU offer recently.

Exactly seven days earlier, the Buckeyes offered Michigan State commit Dwan Mathis.

With Joe Burrow’s transfer, Ohio State’s depth chart is very thin at quarterback for 2018 and beyond.

It would not be surprising to see the Buckeyes take two signal-callers in the upcoming recruiting cycle.

Four-star Grant Gunnell is considered the most likely quarterback to join the class at the moment.

If Hilinski does flip to Ohio State, he would bring an impressive downfield passing game with him.

You can watch his junior season highlights below.

[Header photo courtesy Ryan Hilinski’s Twitter]