By Cameron Teague Robinson, Ari Wasserman and Mitch Sherman
Quarterback Dylan Raiola, the No. 1 in the Class of 2024, was released from Ohio State Saturday, according to multiple reports. Raiola, who plays at Chandler (Ariz.) High School, signed in May for the Buckeyes in Georgia, Alabama, Oregon, USC and Nebraska, among others. Here’s what you need to know:
- Raiola is the son of former Nebraska All-American and longtime Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola.
- The Buckeyes have three more signings in the Class of 2024, led by five-star wide receiver Jeremiah Smith of Chaminade-Madonna Prep in Hollywood, Fla.
- Five of the 27 five-star prospects in the Class of 2024 are currently committed.
the athlete‘s instant analysis:
What does this mean for the state of Ohio?
This is a big deal for the state of Ohio. The five-star quarterback has a perfect rating on the 247Sports Composite and has been positioned as the next perennial starter for the Buckeyes while also leading a 2024 elite class. Instead, Ohio State has to look for its quarterback. The good thing is that Ohio State has time, more than a year before early signing date 2024.
Still, the Buckeyes need to move quickly with three of the top-five quarterbacks already signed. This will also reinforce the importance of developing current Ohio State quarterbacks Kyle McCord and Devin Brown, even signing Lincoln Kienholz in 2023.
With CJ Stroud heading into the NFL Draft, Ohio State needs to find its next perennial starter. – Teague Robinson
What’s next for Raiola?
Whenever you’re talking about No. 1 in a recruiting class, you can bet every major program in the country will call. It seems highly unlikely that Ohio State will give up on eventually landing him as well, as the Buckeyes likely knew that landing a player of this caliber a year early would result in at least some drama.
While it’s easy to assume Raiola will only end up in Alabama or a school of that size, keep an eye out for Arizona State coach Kenny Dillingham. What a statement that would be for the new Sun Devils coach as he pledged to do everything in his power to dominate The Valley on recruitment. It would take a small miracle for the Sun Devils to get that view, but what if? It’s fun to think about, isn’t it? —Aquarius
Raiola has been visiting Nebraska regularly with his family since he committed to Ohio State. New coach Matt Rhule kept Dylan’s uncle Donovan Raiola as his offensive line coach this month. Dylan’s father Dominic was on campus in Lincoln last weekend and remains close to the program. — sherman
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