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Ohio State’s Twisting and Turning Quarterback Timeline Since Ryan Day Arrived

Ohio State landed a commitment from 5-star quarterback Quinn Ewers on Thursday, marking the fourth 5-star quarterback to commit or sign with Ryan Day since he was named head coach nearly two years ago.

It has been an incredible run in a very short time for Day, but a lot can happen on the way from committing to signing. In college sports there isn’t anything else like recruiting — and trying to keep — quarterbacks.

It is a juggling act that requires way more balls than hands and an understanding that not every catch is going to stick.

This is especially true in the middle of a coaching change like the one Ohio State experienced almost two years ago now.

But for OSU, the juggling started well before that day. In fact, there has been no shortage of drama at the quarterback position since the day Ryan Day was hired to coach the position by Urban Meyer nearly four years ago.

As the years have gone on, however, the drama has turned to increasing levels of excitement.

The timeline below recaps most of it in all its glory.

Dec. 31, 2016 

Ohio State loses 31-0 to Clemson in the 2016 College Football Playoffs. After the game, head coach Urban Meyer says, “Ohio State is not used to this. I’m not used to this, and we will not get used to this. That’s not going to happen again. So we’ll get things worked out.”

Jan. 3, 2017

Ryan Day is hired as co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Jan. 12, 2017

Tate Martell enrolls at Ohio State.

Aug. 21, 2017

Joe Burrow breaks his hand in practice during fall camp, giving clearance for Dwayne Haskins to be JT Barrett’s backup.

Sept. 9, 2017

Ohio State gets beat at home by Oklahoma. Five-star linebacker recruit Micah Parsons tweets that Dwayne Haskins should be starting instead of JT Barrett.

Sept. 11, 2017

Two days after Oklahoma’s 31-16 win over Ohio State, 5-star offensive line recruit Jackson Carman tweets that Dwayne Haskins should be starting.

Nov. 12, 2017

Even though Ohio State has a commitment from 2018 4-star quarterback Emory Jones, they go ahead and offer 2018 quarterback Matthew Baldwin, who is currently committed to Colorado State.

Nov. 25, 2017

Prior to the Michigan game, JT Barrett is warming up on the sideline and has his knee Gillooly’d by a camera man. He plays the first three quarters of the game with a knee that won’t stay put.

Nov. 25, 2017

Dwayne Haskins steps in against Michigan when JT Barrett goes down and leads the Buckeyes to a win over the Wolverines.

Dec. 2, 2017

Following Ohio State’s Big Ten Championship Game victory over Wisconsin, Joe Burrow talks to reporters about the possibility of transferring after graduating in the coming spring.

Dec. 7, 2017

Ohio State gets a commitment from 2018 quarterback recruit Matthew Baldwin.

Dec. 20, 2017

2018 quarterback commit Emory Jones decommits from Ohio State and signs with Florida.

Dec. 29, 2017

JT Barrett plays in his final game as a Buckeye. Ohio State defeats USC 24-7 in the Cotton Bowl.

April 6, 2018

Danny Vanatsky commits to Ohio State as a preferred walk-on.

April 14, 2018

Joe Burrow and Dwayne Haskins compete in the OSU Spring Game. No starter is announced for the season.

May 8, 2018

Joe Burrow announces he’s transferring from Ohio State.

May 19, 2018

Joe Burrow ends up at LSU.

June 24, 2018

Following a surprise visit to Friday Night Lights, 2019 Michigan State quarterback commit Dwan Mathis commits to Ohio State.

July 1, 2018

Ohio State gets a commitment from 4-star 2020 quarterback Jack Miller out of Arizona.

Aug. 25, 2018

West Virginia graduate quarterback Chris Chugunov transfers to Ohio State.

Dec. 4, 2018

Ryan Day is announced as OSU’s next head coach.

Dec. 19, 2018

With rumors swirling that Georgia quarterback Justin Fields could be headed to Ohio State, Dwan Mathis decommits from the Buckeyes and signs with Georgia.

Dec. 30, 2018

Speaking at Rose Bowl Media Day, Tate Martell is asked about the Justin Fields rumors and says he’s “100% sure” he (Martell) will start in 2019.

Jan. 2, 2019

Ryan Day officially takes over as Ohio State head football coach.

Jan. 4, 2019

Justin Fields transfers to Ohio State.

Jan. 5, 2019

Justin Fields, Dwayne Haskins, and Urban Meyer attend an Ohio State men’s basketball game together.

Jan. 7, 2019

Dwayne Haskins enters the NFL Draft.

Jan. 10, 2019

Tate Martell enters the transfer portal.

Jan. 16, 2019

Tate Martell transfers to Miami.

Jan. 17, 2019

Ohio State walk-on quarterback Kory Curtis transfers to Bryant University.

Feb. 8, 2019

Justin Fields is ruled immediately eligible for the Buckeyes in 2019.

April 18, 2019

Matthew Baldwin enters the transfer portal.

April 23, 2019

Kentucky graduate quarterback Gunnar Hoak enters the transfer portal.

April 26, 2019

California 3-star quarterback JP Andrade commits to Ohio State as a preferred walk-on.

April 27, 2019

Gunnar Hoak announces intention to transfer to Ohio State following his graduation.

April 30, 2019

Ohio State lands a commitment from 4-star 2021 quarterback Kyle McCord.

May 8, 2019

Matthew Baldwin announces his transfer to TCU.

May 19, 2019 

Texas A&M walk-on quarterback Jagger LaRoe announces that he is transferring to Ohio State.

June 2019 

Gunnar Hoak enrolls at Ohio State as a graduate transfer after earning his degree in agricultural economics at the University of Kentucky.

Aug. 19, 2019 

Ryan Day announces that Justin Fields has beaten out Gunnar Hoak and Chris Chugunov in the Buckeyes’ quarterback competition.

Aug. 31, 2019 

Justin Fields’ first carry as a Buckeye goes for a 51-yard touchdown in a 45-21 win over Florida Atlantic to start the season.

Sept. 21, 2019

In his first start at Bryant University, former OSU walk-on Kory Curtis throws for 394 yards and two touchdowns in a 35-30 loss to Brown.

Dec. 7, 2019 

Justin Fields becomes the first quarterback in Big Ten history to throw for 40 touchdowns and rush for 10 touchdowns.

Dec. 14, 2019 

Justin Fields finishes third in the Heisman voting behind winner Joe Burrow and Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts.
Burrow on his Heisman win: “…it’s for LSU, Ohio State, southeast Ohio and all of Louisiana.”

Dec. 18, 2019 

The Buckeyes land a commitment from 2020 5-star quarterback CJ Stroud out of California on the first day of the early signing period. He signs the same day. Ohio State also signs 2020 4-star Arizona quarterback Jack Miller who had been committed since July 1, 2018.

Jan. 13, 2020

Joe Burrow leads his LSU Tigers to a win over Clemson in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game. Burrow threw for 5,671 yards and an FBS-record 60 touchdowns as a senior.

Jan. 25, 2020 

TCU announces Matthew Baldwin is retiring from football due to knee and back injuries.

Sept. 18, 2020 

Tate Martell opts out of Miami’s season. He did not play in the Hurricanes’ first game of the season.

Oct. 24, 2020 

True freshman Jack Miller becomes the first quarterback off the bench for the Buckeyes in their 52-17 season-opening win over Nebraska. Miller doesn’t throw the ball, but carries it twice for 23 yards and a touchdown.

Nov. 7, 2020 

True freshman CJ Stroud is the first quarterback off the bench for the Buckeyes in their 49-27 win over Rutgers.

Nov. 19, 2020 

Ohio State lands a commitment from 5-star Texas quarterback Quinn Ewers. Ewers is the No. 1 pro-style passer in the nation and the No. 2 player overall per the 247Sports Composite.

Nov. 20, 2020 

Nothing yet, but it’s still early.