The Columbus Dispatch

Crowded room: OSU lands another QB

- Bill Rabinowitz and Joey Kaufman

Ohio State's quarterbac­k room is crowded, at least for now, but that didn't deter the Buckeyes from adding a commitment to that room.

Devin Brown, a four-star prospect from Corner Canyon High School in Draper, Utah, announced he will join Ohio State's 2022 recruiting class. In 2020, he pledged to attend Southern California but decommitte­d on Nov. 24 after coach Clay Helton was fired.

The 6-foot-3, 189-pound Brown is rated the No. 5 quarterbac­k and No. 52 prospect in the 247Sports composite rankings.

According to Maxpreps, Brown threw for a Utah state-record 4,881 yards and threw 57 touchdown passes in leading Corner Canyon to the Class 6A state finals this year. He also ran for 430 yards and eight touchdowns.

"He's a guy who's got all the talent you're looking for at the position," said Steve Wiltfong, 247Sports director of recruiting , "A strong arm, accurate passer who can make things happen to all levels of the field."

Corner Canyon has a history of producing top quarterbac­ks. Zach Wilson, a 2018 graduate, was the No. 2 pick of the 2021 NFL draft by the New York Jets.

Ohio State decided to pursue another quarterbac­k during this recruiting cycle after Quinn Ewers, who was the top-rated overall prospect in the 2022 class, decided to enroll this summer at Ohio State. Ewers said he did so largely to take advantage of name, image and likeness opportunit­ies. Ewers played in only one game, in mop-up duty in the 56-7 victory over Michigan State.

Brown's stock rose after a strong performanc­e at the Elite 11 competitio­n earlier this year, which included Ewers.

"He was arguably the best guy there," Wiltfong said of Brown.

Redshirt freshman C.J. Stroud had a superb first season as the Buckeyes' starter, earning Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year honors. Kyle Mccord, a fivestar prospect last year, started the Akron game when Stroud rested his injured shoulder.

Huge TV audience for Osu-michigan

FOX said Saturday's Ohio Statemichi­gan game drew 15.9 million viewers, making it college football's mostwatche­d regular-season game since 2019. It was also the most-watched regular-season game to ever air on FOX.

The viewership for 117th edition of The Game was up 27% from the previous playing in 2019.

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