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  Twenty-three months after he was a late offer in the Class of 2020, C.J. Stroud will start at quarterback for the Ohio State Buckeyes in their 2021 opener at Minnesota on Sept. 2. Less than a week after head coach Ryan Day said that Stroud had separated himself in the race with Kyle McCord and Jack Miller to replace Justin Fields, the OSU head coach made the announcement official on Saturday.

It was both expected -- Stroud was Fields' backup last season, entered spring football at the front of the pack, and maintained that status every step of the way this August -- and also a remarkable rise for a recruit who jumped into the top of his class in the summer between his junior and senior seasons. "The body of work between the spring, and then also through preseason, he separated himself with his decision-making, his leadership skills, his accuracy," Day said. "I'm excited about what I've seen in camp. There's been a lot of flashes of really good quarterback play...I'm excited about what we've seen for sure. He's shown us all the things that we need to see to be ready to go play Minnesota." Stroud was offered by the Buckeyes in October 2019 after impressing at the Elite 11 recruiting camp in June, when Stroud was still viewed as a three-star recruit. He wound up as nearly a five-star, ranked in the end as the No. 42 recruit and No. 3 QB in the Class of 2020 by - Cleveland Plain Dealer

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