Gunnar Hoak, who played quarterback for Kentucky the last three seasons, has entered his name in the NCAA Transfer Portal.
Hoak is a native of Dublin, Ohio, just outside Columbus. He could also be an almost perfect fit for Ohio State.
Hoak posted the news to his Twitter account on Tuesday morning.
With Matthew Baldwin now in the Transfer Portal, the Buckeyes are now down to just two quarterbacks for this season: Justin Fields and Chris Chugunov.
Hoak is graduating from UK in May, so he will be immediately eligible to play this fall.
He has two seasons of eligibility left. He also comes from a family with deep Ohio State ties.
His dad, Frank Hoak, played at Ohio State under Earle Bruce. His uncle is Fred Pagac, the former OSU player and assistant coach, and his cousin is Freddie Pagac, an OSU linebacker from 1999-2003.
Gunnar Hoak came to Ohio State football camps while he was the quarterback at Dublin Coffman High School, but didn’t get a scholarship offer from the Buckeyes.
So he went to Kentucky instead. He redshirted in 2016 and didn’t see the field in 2017.
Last fall, Hoak appeared in four games for the Wildcats, going 13-for-26 for 167 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.
He had a big day at Kentucky’s 2019 Spring Game, completing 23 of 30 passes for 262 yards and two touchdowns.
With 2018 starting quarterback Terry Wilson returning, it was going to be an uphill climb for Hoak to win the starting job for 2019.
However, he could be a perfect fit for the 2019 and 2020 Ohio State teams.
He would provide this year’s Buckeyes with a third scholarship quarterback, something the program desperately needs.
He has the experience of playing major college football for three seasons.
Given his family ties to the program, he might be more willing than most transfers to come to OSU without a clear path to the starting job.
And he would also be around for 2020, a year when the Buckeyes still need to add at least one more quarterback.
If he comes to OSU, Hoak wouldn’t immediately vault to the top of the Heisman Trophy odds like Justin Fields did. But he would provide experienced, veteran depth at a position where the Buckeyes need it.
And given his family ties to the program, and two years of eligibility remaining, he seems like a nearly perfect fit.
— Gunnar Hoak (@GunnarHoak12) April 23, 2019