Dylan Raiola decommitting from Ohio State sent shockwaves throughout the recruiting world.
With top recruit Dylan Raiola of the 2024 cycle decommitting from Ohio State, this has the potential to change the entire paradigm for his particular recruiting class.
Per 247Sports’ Steve Wiltfong, the five-star quarterback from Chandler, Arizona is reopening his recruitment.
Raiola had been committed to the Buckeyes since May 9. He picked Ohio State over the likes of Georgia, Nebraska, Oregon and USC, all programs that Wiltfong still believes are in play for Raiola’s five-star commitment. Keep in mind his father Dominic was an All-American at UNL…
Here is what Raiola’s Rimington Trophy winner and Nebraska legend father had to say about this.
"“We have a lot of respect for Coach Day and the Ohio State program,” said Dominic Raiola to 247Sports. “Everything is back on the table. His process is almost like it’s restarting. It’s not closed off to anybody.”"
For the news of Raiola’s decommitment from Ohio State to come weeks ahead of the Buckeyes’ College Football Playoff appearance certainly comes as quite the surprise to everyone involved.
What Dylan Raiola’s decommitment from Ohio State means for everyone else
While strong programs like Georgia and Oregon certainly have a great shot at landing Raiola’s commitment for 2024, the quarterback reopening his recruitment does wonders for Nebraska and USC’s chances considerably. Given that the Cornhuskers are now being led by Matt Rhule, one would expect for Nebraska to be on the uptick by the time Raiola were to theoretically early enroll.
As far as USC is concerned, Raiola would not be playing for the Trojans when 2022 Heisman Trophy winner Caleb Williams is still on campus. Williams is expected to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft as soon as he is eligible. Raiola would be competing for playing time with the likes of Miller Moss and 2023 top-flight recruit Malachi Nelson should he flip to the Trojans soon.
The strange part in this is Ohio State has been a pro football factory for quarterbacks ever since Ryan Day came to Columbus. Even though they have not won the College Football Playoff since his arrival, Ohio State is one of the best programs in the country, certainly one where the very best wide-receiving talents in the country naturally gravitate to. Raiola’s decommitment is rather odd.
No college football program gains more by Raiola decommitting from Ohio State than Nebraska.