Dylan Raiola’s engagement cements Ohio State as a place for QBs

Of RJ Young
FOX Sports College Football Writer

Dylan Raiola is the No. 3 quarterback recruit, the No. 8 overall draft, and the first signing for the Ohio state horse chestnuts in the 2024 Recruitment Class.

He is also the latest to signal a shift in affiliation of the QBU nickname: Columbus, Ohio.

Raiola is a 6-foot-3, 220-pound junior who will play his freshman season at Chandler High School in Chandler, Arizona after putting together an outstanding 2021 for Burleson (Texas) High School Elks, with which his head coach was none other than Jon Kitna.

Kitna watched Raiola throw for 3,243 yards, 42 touchdowns and just five interceptions with a 65.1% completion rate.

“There isn’t a throw he can’t make,” Kitna said Steve Wiltfong of 247 Sports.

That’s the kind of talent that routinely picked Ohio State in the college football playoff era.

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Since being hired by Urban Meyer to lead the offense at OSU, Ryan Day has spent the last four years surrounding himself with a handful of the sport’s top quarterbacks, from Dwayne Haskins to Justin Fields to CJ Stroud to Kyle McCord and Devin Brown.

And that’s without acknowledging that Joe Burrow, Jack Miller, and Quinn Ewers were Buckeyes before they were a tiger, a gator, and a longhorn, respectively. When Day offered Haskins the starting job in 2018, Haskins did so well that Buckeyes fans weren’t upset that Burrow went on to put together one of the best squadrons ever by a college quarterback.

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For decades, the Buckeyes’ offense took pride in running the ball. Now the Buckeyes are throwing the ball all over the yard, and offensive players have taken notice.

While Ohio State’s airstrike was appreciated at the college level and recognized by the NFL picking a pair of Buckeyes receivers in the first round for the first time since 2007, it’s worth noting that every QB who started multiple games for Day was named a Heisman finalist and selected in the first round of the NFL draft.

Ohio State lands 5-star QB prospect Dylan Raiola

Ohio State lands 5-star QB prospect Dylan Raiola

RJ Young breaks down 5-star QB Dylan Raiola’s dedication to the Ohio State Buckeyes. Raiola joins Elite Company as another top-50 QB to sign the Buckeyes under Ryan Day.

And now, with the top QB of the 2024 class sweeping his father’s alma mater — where his father is a legend and his uncle coaches the offensive line — heads turn to Columbus again.

Raiola’s father is former Detroit Lions center and Nebraska offensive lineman Dominic Raiola. Dominic was an All-American at Lincoln, and his #54 jersey is on display at Memorial Stadium. Not only is he the first winner of the Rimington Award in Nebraska, he is also the first recipient the crown for the best center in the nation.

Donovan Raiola, Dylan’s uncle, was present when the Raiolas visited Lincoln, and despite all those family ties and the mystique of Nebraska football, Dylan chose Big Ten rivals Ohio State.

The Buckeyes are recruiting like an SEC team, and it’s only a matter of time before they play one again in the CFP.

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The only thing left to do in the Day era is win the whole damn thing.

RJ Young is a national college football writer and analyst for FOX Sports and the host of the podcast “The #1 ranking with RJ Young.” Follow him on Twitter at @RJ_Youngand subscribe”The RJ Young Show” on YouTube. He’s not on a StepMill.

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