Ohio State's QB room remains full with the transfer window closed

The NCAA transfer portal has closed and Ohio State's quarterback room remains intact.

Throughout spring training, it was expected that at least one of the Buckeyes' five scholarship quarterbacks would leave as a transfer after training was completed.

That didn't happen. The deadline to submit a transfer request for the spring portal period was midnight Tuesday. The final player listed in a screenshot obtained by The Dispatch on Wednesday is wide receiver Kyion Grayes.

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The Buckeyes' scholarship quarterbacks

That leaves a crowded quarterback room. Kansas State College graduate Will Howard and Buckeye third-year prospect Devin Brown are the frontrunners. Brown is believed to have had the better spring, but Howard's adjustment to a new program must be taken into account. Howard's play improved over the final two weeks of camp and he was solid in spring play. From scrimmage, he completed 9 of 13 passes for 77 yards.

Redshirt freshman Lincoln Kienholz was considered perhaps the quarterback most likely to transfer. He played in two pickup situations during the 2023 regular season before being thrown into the Cotton Bowl because of Brown's ankle injury in OSU's 14-3 loss to Missouri. In the spring game, Kienholz threw two interceptions.

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Julian Sayin, the top-ranked quarterback in the 2023 recruiting class, made a strong impression in the spring after transferring from Alabama. However, his inexperience showed in the spring game. He threw an interception and wasn't as crisp as he had looked in previous practices.

His fellow student Air Noland took fifth place in the pecking order in the spring. He didn't enter the spring game until the third quarter. The Buckeyes also have experienced walk-ons Mason Maggs and Chad Ray.

The Buckeyes came out of the spring transfer portal window relatively unscathed. Six players, all backups, decided to transfer: Grayes, linebacker Nigel Glover, offensive lineman Enokk Vimahi, safety Ja'Had Carter, defensive back Cedrick Hawkins and running back Dallan Hayden.

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