What a way to start the 2024 class in Ohio.
Not only did Ryan Day earn his first commitment in the 2024 tournament, he defined the quarterback for Ohio State’s future. Dylan Raiola, communicator with five-star Arizona signals, gave his verbal commitment to OSU on Monday, his birthday, to unofficially become the leader of OSU’s next recruitment cycle.
Bucky Nation!!! LETS G pic.twitter.com/NvXE24XM7j
– Dylan Raiola (@RaiolaDylan) May 10, 2022
Raiola was shown by the Buckeyes on his first visit to Columbus in October when he visited Ohio for a Penn State game, then returned April 1-3 for his second visit. With his family joining him, Raiola fell in love with what Ohio State could offer him, and built a relationship with CJ Stroud and quarterback coach Cory Dennis while watching Student Appreciation Day practice at Ohio State University.
The visit made such an impression on the Raiola family that they returned two weeks later for another visit during the Ohio Spring Game. On this visit, Raiola felt comfortable enough to pull the trigger and end his recruitment nearly a month later, giving OSU the last top-tier midfielder waiting in the wings. Raiola picked the Buckeyes over USC, a notable top contender with Lincoln Riley in an intense chase, and a host of others including Alabama, Oregon and Georgia.
- Layers: 2024
- Sizes: 6-3/225
- mail: QB
- Schools: Chandler High School (Chandler, Arizona)
- Compound Ratings: ️
- Compound Rank: #8 (#3 QB)
Raiola became the third five-star quarterback to commit to Ohio State in the past four years, joining Kyle McCord and Quinn Ewers (who has since moved to Texas). Freshman quarterback Devin Brown was also ranked as a No. 1 generic prospect and five star recruit in the 2022 class by On3.
According to the 247Sports composite rankings, Raiola is number one. 8 overall probability and 3rd best quarterback in the 2024 class. However, 247Sports and On3 both ranked Raiola at number one. 1 player in total in the 2024 round in their respective rankings. Either way, Day has clearly fired his shot, and he is counting on Raiola to be a potential successor to Kyle McCord or Devin Brown when his time comes.
Raiola had no shortage of success early in his previous career. In 12 games for Burleson High School (Purlison, Texas) last season, Raiola completed 220 of 336 passes for 3,243 yards and 32 touchdowns with a passer rating of 122. touchdowns.
Raiola moved to Chandler High School (Chandler, Arizona) in the off-season and would play his last two high school seasons there before arriving in Columbus. If Chandler High School sounds familiar, this is where freshman Keon Gray played in high school, so maybe some kind of pipeline starts there.
Raiola, the big-bodied quarterback at 6-foot-3, 225 pounds, is the son of Nebraska legend and former Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola.