Ohio State has offered 2020 California (Rancho Cucamonga HS) quarterback CJ Stroud. Stroud tweeted out the news Tuesday evening.
— 1. (@CJ7STROUD) October 9, 2019
Stroud (6-3 194) visited Ohio State this past weekend for the Michigan State game.
Ranked the No. 4 pro-style passer in the nation and the No. 133 player overall, Stroud also holds offers from the likes of Baylor, California, Oregon, Colorado, Michigan State, and Yale. In 247Sports’ own rankings, Stroud is their No. 2 pro-style QB and the No. 95 player overall.
Here is 247’s scouting report.
Stroud has a solid frame and will have no problem packing on good weight and filling out when he gets to college. He has one of the strongest arms in the country, a smooth, tight release and shows the athleticism to make plays outside the pocket. He throws the deep ball with touch and accuracy, plays with poise and calmness in the pocket and is only scratching the surface of how good he can be. He’s a late bloomer, and his junior year was his first as a starting varsity quarterback. He’s a two-sport athlete and is a talented basketball player. Once he can focus on just football in college, his game should take off to another level. Projects as an impact upper tier Power 5 starter and future mid-to-high round NFL draft pick.
So far this season, Stroud has thrown for 1,839 yards with 24 touchdowns and five interceptions in six games. He is completing .662 of his passes, which includes a 19-21 outing last month in a 49-7 win over Faith Lutheran.
The Crystal Ball projections are pointed entirely at Ohio State. The Buckeyes already have one quarterback committed in the 2020 class in Arizona’s Jack Miller. Miller has stated in the past that he understands if Ohio State has a need to sign two quarterbacks, which is definitely the situation right now in Columbus.
Ohio State head coach Ryan Day wants four scholarship quarterbacks on the roster at all times and currently there are only three. Fifth-year senior Chris Chugunov won’t be on next year’s roster and Day doesn’t want to go another year with only having three quarterbacks.
Signing two quarterbacks is also a difficult proposition for the quarterbacks themselves because only one can play and many aren’t interested in the competition from their own classmates.
Ryan Day wants two quarterbacks in this class, but making that happen is still no guarantee.