Ohio State Football finally finds QB, flips 2023 prospect

Recruit Lincoln Kienholz visits Ohio Stadium during the Ohio State, Michigan game.Lincoln Kienholz
Recruit Lincoln Kienholz visits Ohio Stadium during the Ohio State, Michigan game.Lincoln Kienholz /

For how well the Ohio State football team typically recruits, you don’t hear about them flipping recruits very often. The most recent one that comes to mind is Quinn Ewers, but he ultimately transferred back to Texas after initially committing to them.

Well, the Buckeyes have flipped another quarterback. This time, it’s for the 2023 class. Ohio State did not have a quarterback in the class before this so this was an important get. They were staring at some uncomfortable depth at that position next season.

Ohio State football flips Lincoln Kienholz from Washington.

The Buckeyes flipped four-star quarterback Lincoln Kienholz from Washington. Kienholz hails from South Dakota and just becomes the second-ever prospect from the state to commit to the Buckeyes. He is the 14th-best quarterback in the country in this class.

Kienholz is someone who can actually get out of the pocket and use his feet, kind of the opposite of C.J. Stroud. While his arm isn’t as strong, he still can put some zip on the ball based on the tape I’ve watched. He stands at 6’3 and 185 pounds so he’s not a small guy either.

This is someone Ryan Day and his staff have been working on for a while now. It was rumored that Kienholz was going to flip and now he’s made it official. While he’s not the best quarterback prospect Day has ever recruited, he’s still pretty solid with a high upside.

With Kienholz’s commitment, that puts the Buckeyes at 20 commits for the 2023 class. They still sit fifth in the recruiting rankings but are a stone’s throw away from overtaking Texas at four. The Buckeyes still have room in this class for more commits and are hoping to get some before the early signing period.

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This is a victory Day needed to have. Hopefully, he keeps getting them on and off the field.