A week ago, the quarterback situations at USC and Ohio State football seemed to be coming together. The Trojans were viewed as the favorite to land former Kansas State starting quarterback Will Howard, while the Buckeyes seemed comfortable with Devin Brown.
Ohio State football has been connected to some transfer portal quarterbacks, but none of them visited Columbus. Brown was expected to play well in the Cotton Bowl. He got hurt and left the game early. Ohio State then lost 14-3 in a terrible performance.
On the other hand, Miller Moss tossed six touchdown passes in the USC Holiday Bowl win over Louisville. Lincoln Riley even said that Moss might have scared off some transfer portal quarterbacks and I assume that he's talking about Will Howard.
All of the crystal balls from 247 Sports still have Howard projected to land at USC. But does he really want to enter a QB competition there? I supposed if Howard went to Ohio State, there would be a quarterback competition there, although Devin Brown could also transfer.
Ohio State also has top-100 quarterback Air Noland coming in as a true freshman. Maybe Howard can start for a year, while Noland preps to take over the job. A recruiting expert from On3.com has projected Howard to Ohio State football, which makes this race interesting.
Howard had 24 touchdown passes and 10 interceptions last season for Kansas State. He's also run for over 350 yards twice in a season, but Ryan Day doesn't really run his quarterbacks. Maybe he would with a guy that Howard and maybe that's something he's looking for.
It seems clear that Ohio State wants someone proven after the Cotton Bowl, which is fitting because they already had that in Kyle McCord if the Buckeyes didn't run him out of town after a 24-touchdown, six-interception season.
We'll see how this plays out but Will Howard to USC seems far from automatic.