Earlier this week, I wrote that QB Brandon Harris was the top remaining option at quarterback for OSU. Apparently he wasn’t their only option. In a bit of a surprise Friday night, the Ohio State Buckeyes secured a commitment from 2014 QB Stephen Collier.
— Stephen Collier (@Stephen5Collier) June 22, 2013
Collier hails from Georgia and is a “dual-threat” style quarterback, which typically fits well in Urban Meyer’s offense. While Collier is only rated as a two star player by Rivals.com, Urban Meyer has earned the benefit of the doubt when it comes to scouting quarterbacks, so I wouldn’t get too caught up with star-gazing in this case. Not to mention, Collier has accepted an invite to the Elite 11 camp, featuring the best quarterback prospects in the country.
The 6’4″ 210 pound Collier held offers from Wake Forest, Cincinnati and the Boston College Eagles but the allure of playing for Urban Meyer in Ohio Stadium was just too much to pass on. He camped at OSU earlier this month and received an offer shortly after, so he must have shown the coaches what they were looking for.
While Collier’s commitment could be considered a curve ball in the recruitment of Brandon Harris, LandGrantHolyLand.com explains why OSU may look to take two quarterbacks in this class. My opinion is that if a guy like Brandon Harris wants to commit, you find room for him. Luckily for the Bucks, Harris doesn’t seem to mind. In the midst of a series of (since deleted) tweets Friday night, Harris said that this commitment changes nothing for him, and that OSU is still in the mix.
While OSU will still likely be in the running for Harris next month, Urban Meyer and QB coach Tom Herman have locked up a solid “insurance policy.” That’s not to say Collier can’t play, but he is a little more raw and will need some coaching. Still, he has tremendous athleticism and has ideal size making the sky the limit. Buckeye fans shouldn’t have any worries if he is the only quarterback they take in this class.