JP Andrade, a 3-star 2019 quarterback prospect from California, has committed to Ohio State.
Can’t thank God enough for this opportunity…Next Stop, Columbus, Ohio.?Committed⭕️? #AllGloryToGod #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/bjV4bLN1aX
— JP Andrade (@JPAndrade12) April 27, 2019
That’s a position of serious need in Columbus right now, following the news that Matthew Baldwin had put his name in the Transfer Portal.
Right now the Buckeyes have only sophomore Justin Fields and grad transfer senior Chris Chugunov on scholarship for this fall.
Andrade would provide some valuable depth, both this year and into the future. He will begin his career as a preferred walk-on, which means he is guaranteed a spot on this year’s team.
He is ranked as the 57th-best pro-style quarterback in the class.
At 6-foot-3 and 200 lbs., he already has good size for a college quarterback.
Playing for Bonita High School, just east of Pasadena, Andrade has rewritten his school’s record books.
He threw for 4,366 yards and 38 touchdowns as a senior against just nine interceptions, and averaged 336 yards per game.
Bonita went 9-4 on the year and reached the third round of the California state playoffs.
Andrade was named 1st-team all-state by Maxpreps, Player of the Year in the San Gabriel Valley, and the offensive MVP of the Palomares League.
He also played in the World Bowl game, an all-star game hosted by the Pro Football Hall of Fame Academy.
He holds an FCS offer from South Alabama, and was also offered a chance to be a preferred walk-on at Florida.
Andrade has visited Columbus twice this year, including for the OSU Spring Game.
His highlight reel (below) showcases some nice touch on throws downfield, and ability to throw on the move.
He also runs some read option, which is another benefit to a player who could join the Buckeyes.
Andrade will unquestionably be something of a developmental project for a year or two.
But short-term he provides some critically-needed depth, and some potential long-term stability.
I played ball with this kids dad in high school. If young man is anything like his dad (I’m sure the apple hasn’t fallen far from the tree) he’s a class act. Ohio State is lucky to have him on their squad.
Wow. Can’t believe this young man is only a “preferred walk-on.” His film, his stats, his physical skills, quick release, and his academics. I think he made a brilliant choice by coming to OSU under QB guru Coach Day. Welcome aboard!
When you look at his high school numbers, apparently against good competition, it kind of makes you wonder “What’s wrong with this kid that he doesn’t have more big time offers” Anybody have any answers for that?
Does not look like a 3* to me. Very nice touch on the ball and throws a very catchable ball. He is accurate in the move, quick release, does not need a lot of space to throw an accurate ball that some starting QB s we have had could not make, runs well, and uses his eyes well.
His talents are raw, but, Coach Day has a really good foundation to build from this young man. He needs some strength work, which makes him an ideal canvas for Coach Mick to paint a masterpiece. Coach Yurcich has 2 years to develop what appears to be a very good quarterback. He’s willing to become a preferred walk-on. If he comes in hungry and willing to listen and put the work in, he leave one day from Ohio State to the NFL…………..not running away through the crybaby portal.
Welcome to your new home JP….side note. I know a pretty good fighter named Demetrius Andrade…..Do the name proud JP.
This may be the way to go…if there is an good unintended consequence of this Draft Portal it may ne that kids like this get more chances to go live out their dreams.
Given his numbers, his size, and the competition he saw in high school, I’m kind of shocked he isn’t ranked a bit higher.
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