The Ohio State Buckeyes had a successful 2023-2024 season but fell short against their Michigan Wolverines rival. The pieces did not fall the right way for them to make the College Football Playoffs, but they did earn a trip to the Cotton Bowl against the Tigers of Missouri. But not all is kosher in Columbus, as players start to enter the Transfer Portal. Who is the latest player to announce he is leaving Ohio State?
Ohio State's McCord Enters Transfer Portal
Kyle McCord, the Buckeyes' starting quarterback this year, has announced that he will enter the Transfer Portal. Recruited by Ryan Day, McCord waited two years to get his shot as the Bucks' quarterback. He amassed 3,170 passing yards, 24 touchdowns, and six interceptions while completing 65.8% of his passes this season. The Philadelphia native eclipsed 300 passing yards three times and had two games with two interceptions, including the season-finale against Michigan.
Ohio State head coach Ryan Day had nothing but good things to say about McCord:
"As time went on, Kyle got better as the season went on," Day said Sunday. "Had a little bit of those ankle injuries that he worked through, he showed toughness there. Certainly the Notre Dame game, he played really well down the stretch. So I think there was growth there, for sure, and I think he's a good quarterback, I do. After every year, you evaluate everything, and try to figure out what to do next. But I think there was a lot of progress made this year." -via ESPN
McCord has the talent to be a starter at nearly any school, but his decision-making skills are an area that needs improvement. He is not the only Buckeye player to enter the Transfer Portal. Kyle Stokes, a 4-star safety; Cameron Martinez, another 4-star safety; and Evan Pryor, a 4-star running back, are just a few of the names that appear in the Transfer Portal. McCord is a 5-star prospect and came to Ohio State, ranked as ESPN's No. 31 overall prospect in the 2021 class. Ohio State has always done a good job recruiting in the past, but fans are starting to wonder if Ryan Day's inability to beat Michigan is driving their top recruits away.
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