'2020-2023 QB - Kyle McCord (Transfer to Syracuse)

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    KYLE MCCORD, 2021 FOUR-STAR QUARTERBACK
    Future Ohio State quarterback Kyle McCord, a four-star prospect in 2021, tweaked his knee in the latter half of his junior year at Philadelphia's St. Joseph's Preparatory School which caused him to miss all of the playoffs. Earlier this week, McCord told Eleven Warriors that he is fully healthy and cleared for competition. McCord was even able to participate in Under Armour's Future 50 last week during their All-American game festivities. While McCord's injury was not as serious as Sawyer's, it still caused some angst amongst Buckeye fans that can be quashed.
     
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    3. Kyle McCord, St. Joseph's Prep (Philadelphia), 6-3, 204
    Before injury cut short his junior campaign, he had a seven week stretch where he threw for over 1,600 yards and 25 touchdowns against one interception. The 2021 Ohio State commit can make any throw in the book and is one of the most accurate passers in the country. McCord has been named to the first team on the Junior and Sophomore All-American squads the past two years.

     
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    Ohio State commitment Kyle McCord is now a composite 5-star prospect and the country’s No. 4-ranked pro-style quarterback, thanks to a 37-spot bump in the 247Sports.com rankings on Wednesday morning. McCord is now the country’s No. 24-ranked prospect overall, and though he’s not really concerned with arbitrary ratings, the 6-foot-3, 205-pound quarterback is glad other people are recognizing his hard work.

    “It’s pretty cool to finally be recognized as a 5-star,” McCord told Lettermen Row on Wednesday. “I’m not a big rankings guy at all, but it’s a blessing to see all my hard work start to pay off.”
     
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    PRIORITIES, PRIORITIES. Ohio State's recruiting hasn't fallen off at all when Ryan Day took the keys to the program. Honestly, it's gotten better, especially at the quarterback position.

    When Kyle McCord gets to Columbus, he will be the third quarterback in three classes that is rated higher than any quarterback Meyer signed during his entire seven-year tenure.

    And it seems all it's taken is Day's personal touch.

    During McCord's April visit, Day told the Philadelphia native that he was the top quarterback on the Buckeyes' board. He said Ohio State would wait for his decision before focusing on someone else.

    “That’s a huge recruiting tool,” McCord said. “They turn down guys at every single position and are so laser-focused on who they want. When you’re only recruiting a small number of guys, that allows for your relationships to be genuine. Nowadays, in recruiting, that’s rare.”

    Michigan offered McCord on Feb. 6, 2018, nearly a year before Ohio State. But he didn't end up being the top priority for the Wolverines, who landed IMG Academy five-star quarterback J.J. McCarthy, the No. 15 prospect in the class, 11 days after McCord picked Ohio State.

    I'm bald enough to know that I can no longer speak on behalf of teens, but I have to imagine it's tough to say no when a guy that's produced two Heisman finalists in two years tells you that you're his QB1.
     
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    Kyle is now the #3 Pro-Style Quarterback, #24 player nationally and 5 Star recruit.........

     
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    MCCORD READY FOR ELITE 11
    The storylines heading into this summer's Elite 11 Finals are abundant, especially for Ohio State fans, who will be checking in for updates from Nashville on five-star quarterback Kyle McCord.

    McCord will have the spotlight on him over the three-day span of competition, which begins Monday afternoon and concludes Wednesday, as the future Buckeye will be squaring off with five-star Michigan commit J.J. McCarthy and other stars like Caleb Williams, Drake Maye and Miller Moss.

    McCord is looking to earn the Elite 11 MVP honors and follow in the footsteps of Buckeye quarterbacks Justin Fields (2017) and C.J. Stroud (2019), who have won two of the last three MVP awards at the event.

    But despite the pressure and spotlight being on the Philadelphia native, McCord says he is remaining focused and looking to sharpen up against elite competition ahead of his final high school season.

    “Just looking forward to compete and get better,” McCord told Eleven Warriors on Monday. “Trying to soak up all of the knowledge being passed around here.”

    Last summer, Stroud became the top storyline emerging from the event, as he skyrocketed from being ranked No. 511 overall in the recruiting rankings in May to being ranked No. 252 in July, and he eventually evolved into a near five-star prospect. He finished ranked No. 41 overall and earned offers from all over the country afterward, eventually choosing Ohio State over Georgia, Oregon, USC and others.

    McCord, however, is already coming into the event as one of the event's biggest names. The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder is ranked No. 24 overall and the No. 3 pro-style quarterback. McCord is on course to supplant Dayton native Braxton Miller (No. 29 overall, No. 2 dual-threat quarterback in 2011) as the Buckeyes' highest-ranked quarterback commit since Terrelle Pryor in 2008 (No. 2 overall, No. 1 dual-threat quarterback).

    A standout week in Nashville could help McCord earn that billing. When telling 247Sports' Brian Dohn what he's looking to improve at this year's event, McCord said he's hoping to improve his off-platform throws, which mirrors what he told Eleven Warriors in April regarding what former NFL quarterback Phil Simms has been helping him with:

    “Simms reached out to my dad after my sophomore year in the winter,” McCord said. “He’s been huge in my development. I work with him and his son, and they have really taken my game to the next level. Throwing from off-balance platforms, throwing on the run, moving in the pocket – all of that, they have helped me with. It’s been huge.”

     
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