5 Quarterbacks Ohio State Should Make Transfer Targets After Matthew Baldwin’s Departure
COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 1: Acting Head Coach Ryan Day of the Ohio State Buckeyes watches his team from the sidelines in the fourth quarter against the Oregon State Beavers at Ohio Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Oregon State 77-31. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)With the news that quarterback Matthew Baldwin has decided to leave Ohio State, the Buckeyes are suddenly quite thin at the position. Outside of presumptive starter Justin Fields and Chris Chugunov, there aren’t any players with experience on Ryan Day’s roster.But the NCAA transfer portal is filled with talented and experienced players who can come in and potentially thrive.Let’s take a look at a few that Ohio State could potentially grab from the transfer portal:Keondre WudteeA former backup at Oklahoma State, Wudtee worked with Ohio State quarterbacks coach Mike Yurcich as a member of the Cowboys.With Yurcich now directing the passing game for the Buckeyes, Wudtee might have stronger insight into offense than other potential targets.The downside of course is that as a non-graduate transfer, Wudtee would have to sit out in 2019. Nevertheless, his ties to the team make him an ideal option to join the Buckeyes.Deondre FrancoisPerhaps the most talented and experienced quarterback in the portal, Francois is a “free agent” after being dismissed from the Florida State program following some off-the-field controversies. It certainly didn’t help his case that 2018 was a down year for him…It is unclear if Ohio State would be willing to take on someone with Francois’ off-field questions, and he may not want to step into a situation where he won’t have a great chance to start. He could be the most talented option available though, if Ryan Day and company are willing to give him a chance.McLane CarterAnother Big 12 quarterback who Mike Yurcich has likely seen footage of, Carter hails from Texas Tech and likely would have been the starter in 2018 had an injury not derailed his season.Carter might have a bit of a learning curve since he’d be moving from Kliff Kingsbury’s offense to Yurcich’s, but at least he’d have immediate eligibility.Cade WeldonThere really isn’t a whole lot of tape on Weldon due to his limited snaps at Miami (FL) last year, but there would be a certain irony in seeing Weldon essentially swap places with former Ohio State quarterback Tate Martell.It also doesn’t help that he would probably have to sit a year.Kasim HillThe former Maryland quarterback was a four-star prospect in high school and had some flashes in his two years for the Terps. He’d certainly be able to provide some extra intel on Maryland when the two sides face off next season.Like Weldon and Wudtee, Hill would likely have to sit a year.—There are plenty more options than this, but the Buckeyes will need to shop quickly if they want to avoid seeing their ideal targets get snatched up by a team willing to offer better opportunities.