After missing out on a number of their initial quarterback targets, Urban Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes have found a signal-caller to join their 2014 recruiting class.
Stephen Collier, a 3-star prospect out of Leesburg, Ga., committed to Ohio State Friday night over offers from schools such as Boston College, Cincinnati and Wake Forest.
According to Tim May of the Columbus Dispatch, Collier committed to Ohio State the moment offensive coordinator Tom Herman offered him a scholarship. His pledge gives the Buckeyes 12 commitments for this year's class.
“They flipped every stone, looked at a bunch of quarterbacks, and told me ultimately that I was going to be their guy,” Collier told Michael Carvell of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “That’s when they gave me the offer and asked if I wanted to be a Buckeye. I said yes because I knew that’s where I wanted to be.”
Although his 3-star rating isn't as high as some of Ohio State's other targets, few quarterbacks have been more impressive during summer camps. Collier picked up a prestigious invite to the Elite 11 finals after shining during the Atlanta regional camp, and he peaked the interest of the Ohio State coaching staff when he camped in Columbus on June 9.
The 6'4", 210-pound quarterback with a strong arm, Collier is a dual-threat prospect who passed for 1,887 yards and 23 touchdowns and rushed for 485 yards and 11 touchdowns during his junior season (per the AJC article).
Collier's commitment doesn't mean Ohio State has finished its quarterback search, though.
Meyer and the Buckeyes have recruited 4-star prospect Brandon Harris very hard, and that will continue until he announces his college choice next month. In an interview with ElevenWarriors.com, Harris insisted that Collier's commitment will not affect his decision.
"I am still strongly and I really mean strongly considering Ohio State," Harris said. "This will have no impact on my decision."
Harris, rated the top dual-threat quarterback by 247Sports.com, is also considering Alabama, Auburn and LSU.
But if Harris ends up choosing an SEC school, Meyer can rest easy knowing he has a talented quarterback coming to Columbus next year.
Watch highlights from Collier's junior season here:
All recruit rankings per 247Sports.com.
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