A slight shakeup with Dylan Raiola and another 2024 QB on Ohio State football radar

Chandler quarterback Dylan Raiola throws the ball against Corona del Sol during their game at Chandler High School on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022.Raiolapic18
Chandler quarterback Dylan Raiola throws the ball against Corona del Sol during their game at Chandler High School on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022.Raiolapic18 /

There has been a slight shakeup in the recruitment of Dylan Raiola as Nebraska football seems to be the new leader, Ohio State gets a new top QB target, and more.

When it comes to college football recruiting, it can be hard to know what to believe. Recently, after Georgia hired a new offensive coordinator, it was reported that it wasn’t going to impact the Bulldogs’ recruitment of five-star quarterback Dylan Raiola.

That was the interpretation according to the interviews given. The Raiolas said they knew Mike Bobo and it seemed it wouldn’t be a hindrance for the Bulldogs.

Yet, in a new report from Chad Simmons of On3.com, Nebraska football is trending up and the visit schedule for Dylan Raiola has changed a little bit.

Nebraska football was expected to get a visit already on the weekend of March 25th. However, prior to that Raiola was supposed to visit Georgia. Now, that’s not going to happen according to Simmons, who reports a visit to USC is more likely now.

Dylan Raiola took an unofficial visit to USC which is the only one he’s taken since his commitment from Ohio State. Lincoln Riley is obviously very successful recruiting and developing quarterbacks.

But, USC football signed one of the best quarterbacks in the 2023 college football recruiting class and I still believe that could be an obstacle, especially compared to Nebraska football — where Raiola could have a good chance to start right away for Matt Rhule.

The Huskers recently got a crystal ball from a Nebraska insider and it’s clear that Georgia now has some work to do, which could be why the Bulldogs extended an offer to Jake Merklinger recently, who is ranked in the top 100 and is the No. 7 overall QB in the 2024 college football recruiting class. He’s also from the state of Georgia and seems like a slam dunk for the Dawgs if they decide to push for a commitment.

A new top target for Ohio State football?

Ohio State football is a heavyweight when it comes to college football recruiting and landing elite quarterbacks. The Buckeyes did have the verbal pledge of Dylan Raiola at one time but are still figuring things out after his decommitment.

Jadyn Davis is one quarterback recruit that Ohio State football has started going after more. Michigan is still the favorite and Davis is expected to visit Ann Arbor in the spring. The vibes coming out of that visit will be telling.

If the Wolverines don’t close soon then Clemson, North Carolina, and also Ohio State football is waiting to pounce.

If the Buckeyes don’t make headway with Jadyn Davis, another name to monitor for Ohio State football fans in the 2024 college football recruiting is Air Noland.

Noland is ranked 120th overall in the 247 sports composite ranking for the 2024 class and he’s the No. 11 QB. Miami, Texas A&M, Auburn, Arkansas, and a number of other programs are all vying for his commitment.

He’s 6-foot-3, 195 pounds, and threw 55 touchdown passes as a junior out of Fairburn, Georgia. He’s expected to visit Ohio State later this month and whether or not the Buckeyes offer will be telling.

If the offer comes, I could see Ohio State making a real move but if the Buckeyes have Jadyn Davis higher on their board, maybe that’s part of the calculation. Noland told On3.com though that the visit to Ohio State would “move the needle.”

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That leads me to believe that an offer from Ohio State and a strong push could make Ohio State a quick favorite if OSU chooses to make Noland a priority.