BREAKING: Elite QB CJ Stroud commits to Ohio State


Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) quarterback CJ Stroud returned to Ohio State the weekend of Dec. 13 for his official visit with the Buckeyes.  Stroud had been in Columbus in early October on an unofficial visit and watched the Buckeyes defeat Michigan State 34-10.

Ryan Day and his quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator Mike Yurcich visited with Stroud on Thursday, Dec. 12 right before Stroud flew to Columbus to start his official visit.

Just days after finishing his Ohio State official visit Stroud announce he has committed to the Buckeyes.  Stroud announced his college choice on national television, doing so on ESPN U from the auditorium of Rancho Cucamonga High School.

In addition to Ohio State, Stroud made official visits to Georgia and Michigan, his other two finalists before announcing that he is a Buckeye.

The 6-foot-2 and 194-pound Stroud had scholarship offers from Ohio State, Georgia, Michigan, UCLA, USC, Oregon, Baylor and many others. 

Stroud is a 4-star prospect in the 247Sports rankings.  He is the country’s No. 83 overall prospect, the No. 2 pro-style quarterback, and the No. 10 prospect in California.

Stroud had a spectacular senior season.  He completed 265 of 402 yards (65.9%) for 3,878 yards.  Stroud threw 47 touchdown passes and was intercepted nine times in leading Rancho Cucamonga to a 9-4 record.

Day and his staff have wanted to sign two quarterbacks in their 2020 recruiting class to address a depth issue at the position.  Not only has Day addressed the depth issue, but he has done so by adding two of the country’s very best 2020 quarterbacks to his roster.  Day landed a commitment from Jack Miller from Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral on July 1 of 2018.

The Buckeyes now have a 26 member 2020 recruiting class. Stroud joins quarterback Miller, running back Miyan Williams, wide receivers Julian Fleming, Gee Scott Jr. and Jaxon Smith-Njigba, slot receiver Mookie Cooper, tight end Joe Royer, offensive tackles Paris Johnson, Grant Toutant and Trey Leroux, offensive linemen Luke Wypler, Jakob James and Josh Fryar who are interior offensive linemen with James projected to play guard, Wypler could play center or guard and Fryar could slot in at any of the positions, defensive ends Darrion Henry and Jacolbe Cowan, defensive end/tackle Ty Hamilton, linebackers Cody Simon and Mitchell Melton, cornerbacks Lejond Cavazos, Clark Phillips (though Phillips hasn’t announced his final decision yet) and Ryan Watts, safety Lathan Ransom, safety/bullet Kourt Williams, athlete Cameron Martinez (who is committed but not yet signed) and kicker Jake Seibert.  

Phillips is making a final decision between Ohio State and Utah and won’t sign until Thursday.  Martinez has decided not to sign until February.

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Those 26 represent some of the country’s top class of 2020 talent.  Day, Mark Pantoni and the Ohio State staff have a class that is currently ranked No. 3 in the country in the 247Sports Composite recruiting rankings.

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