The Top247 #1 recruit in the 2024 class Dylan Raiola was released from Ohio State, his family told 247Sports. The 5-star quarterback has been verbally with the Buckeyes since May 9.
“We have a lot of respect for Coach Day and the Ohio State Program,” added Raiola’s father Dominic.
The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Raiola made commitments to Ohio State via Georgia, Nebraska, Oregon and USC. All of these programs seem to be in the mix moving for the five star program.
As a junior, Raiola completed over 64 percent of his passes for 2,435 yards and 22 touchdowns in just five interceptions.
“Everything is back on the table,” said the elder Raiola. “His process is almost like a reboot. It is closed to no one.”
Dominic was an All-American in Nebraska, where he won the Rimington Trophy, awarded to the nation’s top center, prior to a 14-year career in the NFL. His older sister plays volleyball at TCU.
247Sports National Analyst Chris Singletary explains what makes Raiola so special.
“Looks like it from a physical point of view. Dual player who also plays baseball and has a nice athletic profile. Well proportioned physique and frame. Robust lower body producing power and speed on throws. Shows encouraging athleticism that should continue to improve, as he develops throughout his career.
“Good stature in the pocket with a smooth, easy release. Raiola has above-average mobility and is able to buy time while locating his receivers and progressing smoothly. Lightning plus arm power to make the throws from a variety of arm angles with speed or grip as needed. Zips out of pocket for on-the-go use.
“Willing to be in the pocket and deliver passes while under pressure. Keeps eyes down as the pocket closes. Doesn’t get caught looking at the rush. Has a good feel with his deep passes , allowing receivers to run underneath to make the catch Shows good pocket presence and attention Can pocket the ball to run when needed to gain big yards.
“A young player who, even after two more years of high school, has very few holes left in his game. Mechanically ahead of the curve and possessing the arm strength that puts him in elite company. The more he plays and his decision making has repeated the feeling will only get faster and become second nature.Should be a Power Five starter and a potential All-Conference pick with NFL Draft in the early round for several years.
Raiola played his sophomore season at Burleson (Texas) High, where he threw for 3,341 yards and 32 touchdowns in just five interceptions.