The Ohio State football program only recruits the best athletes to be a part of the football team. A lot of the guys on the team played multiple sports in high school and were really good at both. Heck, J.T. Tuimoloau wanted to play basketball at Ohio State too before being talked out of it.
Lincoln Kienholz, a freshman quarterback from South Dakota, is one of those really good athletes. The four-star quarterback prospect was just named Boys High School Athlete of the Year by USA Today Sports. Kienholz played three sports while he was in high school, excelling in football, basketball, and baseball.
When you play three sports as well as he did, you win awards for it. Kienholz is really athletic and can move around in the pocket. He’s not going to be afraid to scramble for extra yards when it’s available, something Ohio State football fans have wanted to see desperately for the last couple of years.
Kienholz is a guy that a lot of Buckeye fans are overlooking. Perhaps that’s because Kyle McCord is the favorite to win the job this season and then most fans think it will either be Devin Brown or incoming five-star recruit for the 2024 class Air Noland who takes the job.
I’m here to tell you not to sleep on Keinholz. While I still think Noland and Brown have more overall talent, Kienholz is clearly very athletic to be able to excel in three high school sports. He’s also an extremely hard worker. He’s not going to make it easy to beat him out for that starting job.
Kienholz will likely redshirt this season. Next season is going to be a really important year for him though because if McCord leaves after this year he gets to compete for that starting job.