3. Cam Ward
The Ohio State football team has already been linked to Cam Ward on Twitter after he entered the transfer portal. Ward put up some excellent numbers for Washington State last season, throwing for 3,732 yards and 25 touchdowns. He also had just 7 interceptions.
Not only can Ward sling it, but he can run the ball well too. While he only had 122 rushing yards this season, he did put it in the endzone 8 touchdowns. He’s clearly a threat in the red zone when the read option is a good play choice. That’s something Ohio State didn’t have this year.
Ward is the best combination of experience and talent available in the portal at the moment. With Riley Leonard, the quarterback at Duke headed to Notre Dame, Ward might be the best option in the portal. He played in the best conference in the country this season.
Bringing Ward in would also allow Air Noland to get more comfortable in the offense so he can prepare to start in 2025 as a sophomore. Ward would be a one-year rental because next season would be his final year of eligibility, especially if he plays well. He’d want to go to the NFL.
It remains to be seen if Ohio State will actually start to pursue Ward once he’s officially in the portal on December 1st. While his overall numbers are good, Washington State lost a lot of games this year, including one 10-7 to Stanford. Ward should be able to put up more than 7 points on a team like that.
The next person on this list is someone who isn’t in the portal yet but might choose to do so after Spring ball is over.