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

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    Kyle McCord, Ohio State commit – The Elite 11 staff marked McCord down for a 45 which gave him the highest score of the night. The Philadelphia (Pa.) St. Joseph standout was one of the only quarterbacks that seemed to actually get better as the pro day went on as he ended up hitting seven of his last eight throws including the difficult "rail shot." The Top247 recruit had a clean release and never really forced anything. He was confident and accurate with his ball placement.

     
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    7. Kyle McCord - Philadelphia (Pa.) St. Joseph's
    Composite Score: 7.33

    Day 1 Rank: 13

    Day 2 Rank: 4

    Day 3 Rank: 5

    McCord was a star during the pro day workout, with elite ball placement and second/third level accuracy. He was just as consistent on Wednesday coming off of his big win, according to the Elite 11 staff, with such hot streaks coming at the most difficult times. There wasn’t a clear drop off in velocity through three days of action, something that can’t be said of others on the list.
     
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    5. Kyle McCord (Ohio State commit) -- McCord won the Pro Day event and while I may have quibbled with a few of the scores for other prospects, there was no denying how impressive he was moving the ball down the field. He has a quiet confidence and an excellent arm and the difference between him and spots 2-5 this week wasn't much. RyanDay has shown to be an excellent developer of quarterbacks and he will enjoy coaching McCord.

     
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    McCord has gone from the country’s No. 52 overall prospect to the No. 43 prospect for a bump of nine spots. His rating has remained at 95. McCord remains a 5-star in the 247Sports Composite rankings.

     
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    MCCORD MOVES UP RANKINGS
    Kyle McCord started off slow at the Elite 11 Finals, but finished strong at the event, making a strong case for MVP by showing off what 247Sports analyst Barton Simmons called “one of the strongest arms in the country.”

    Simmons wrote:

    After the first day of action, we had some questions about McCord. He’s big and strong with an effortless arm but ball path and trajectory raised some concerns for a guy that is primarily an in-pocket passer. The next two days McCord really started to separate in terms of arm talent though. He’s just a big dude with big features that generates a lot of horsepower without digging too deep. He’s more Dwayne Haskins than Justin Fields for Ohio State but given all the talent Ohio State has been recruiting at wide receiver, he seems like a perfect trigger man to just sit back, stand tall and deliver.

    On Wednesday, McCord saw a slight rise in his ranking because of his performance in Nashville, as he rose nine spots from No. 52 to No. 43 in the 247Sports rankings, which boosted him from No. 24 to No. 22 in the composite rankings.

    After his performance, I thought McCord put himself in a great position to move up the board into top-20 range, but he finds himself on the outside of that in the composite rankings, trailing Caleb Williams (Elite 11 MVP winner; ranked No. 4 overall and No. 1 dual-threat QB), Washington commit Sam Huard (No. 9 overall; No. 1 pro-style), Georgia commit Brock Vandagriff (No. 13 overall; No. 2 dual-threat) and Michigan commit J.J. McCarthy (No. 14 overall; No. 2 pro-style).

    In December, when detailing how Ohio State evaluates its quarterback prospects in recruiting and what the Buckeyes specifically target, Ryan Day said that the template begins with zeroing in on one thing – whatever that one thing may be.

    “The first thing I think you look for is an extraordinary quality,” Day said. “That’s what you want. And then you can tailor the offense based on what that quality is, and hopefully you can find two or three, and if you have, you probably have a great one, and that’s what we look for.”

    There are obviously many other factors that go into it, and Day detailed those as well, saying that “there’s certainly the aptitude of being able to handle information, see the field, accuracy, athletic ability, size, ability to handle adversity, family situation, what’s it going to be like when they’re not named the starter? Are their parents going to come in and ask to transfer right away? There’s a lot of things that go into play. We do the best we can to make that decision and go from there.”

    But it all circles back to having at least one elite trait, and for Kyle McCord, he flashed that in droves in Nashville.

     
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    KYLE MCCORD, 5-STAR QUARTERBACK
    NO. 22 PLAYER NATIONALLY
    Ohio State is hauling in 5-star quarterbacks at an amazingly consistent clip. Since Terrelle Pryor joined the fold in 2008, the Buckeyes have brought in Braxton Miller, Justin Fields and now McCord.

    The No. 22 players between 2005 and 2006 were absolutely electric. Cal wideout DeSean Jackson was a big-play machine, hauling in 146 passes for 2,131 yards and 19 touchdowns in three seasons. He was followed by Oklahoma running back Demarco Murray, who ran for an incredible 3,592 yards and 49 touchdowns for the Sooners.

    The No. 22 ranked player has been good to Ohio State as linebacker Raekwon McMillan (2014) was slotted there, as well as safety Donte Whitner (2003). And what could've been for the Buckeyes, who were passed up by Darnay Holmes in 2017, much to the disappointment of his young nephew.

     
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