Ohio State’s 2019 recruiting class is still looking for its quarterback.
Grant Gunnell, a 4-star pro-style quarterback from Houston, Texas committed to Arizona Wednesday evening.
— Grant Gunnell (@grantgunnell7) June 6, 2018
Gunnell is ranked as the No. 3 pro-style QB in his class and the 97th-best player overall.
He picked the Wildcats and new head coach Kevin Sumlin over offers from dozens of national powers, including Ohio State, Alabama, LSU, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, Oregon, and defending national champion UCF. His prior relationship with Arizona offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone was key, as Mazzone and Sumlin were also recruiting Gunnell when they were at Texas A&M previously.
Gunnell’s high school statistics are eye-popping. He threw for 4,936 yards and 61 touchdowns against just 6 interceptions as junior in 2017. He also rushed for 390 yards and 8 scores.
Gunnell led St. Pius X High School to the state championship game last fall, where they lost a 42-41 heartbreaker to Prestonwood.
His sophomore season was almost as impressive. He had 4,973 passing yards and a 65-11 touchdown to interception ratio. That year ended with a loss in the state semifinals after a penalty wiped out one of the most amazing plays you’ll ever see.
— Jason Howell (@Jason_Howell) November 27, 2016
The Buckeyes and Gunnell had begun to drift in the past few weeks, and now Ohio State can turn their full attention to other quarterback options.
Currently, however, those options are all committed to other programs. Kansas quarterback Graham Mertz (No. 5 PP-QB) is committed to Wisconsin, Ryan Hilinski (No. 6 PP-QB) is committed to South Carolina, and Dwan Mathis (No. 11 PP-QB) is committed to Michigan State.
Mertz continues to impress nationally, adding offers weekly. Hilinski is one of the hottest quarterback prospects in the nation. Mathis has been committed to the Spartans since September, with no signs of wavering.
Ohio State has also been in contact with Ohio’s top 2019 quarterback Connor Bazalek (Archbishop Alter, Dayton OH) of late. He is rated the No. 19 pro-style quarterback in the nation. The Buckeyes have not extended an offer, but schools like Georgia, Missouri, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Purdue, Maryland, and North Carolina have.