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Penn State Opponents: Ohio State Lands No. 1 ‘24 QB

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Ohio State is always good, but the team Penn State faces in Beaver Stadium Nov. 2 could be one of the strongest its had.

In this transfer portal window, OSU’s added players such as former Ole Miss RB Quinshon Judkins, for Kansas State QB Will Howard and former Alabama safety Caleb Downs.

Now, Ohio State’s landed the top QB from the ‘24 class in former Alabama signee Julian Sayin.

ESPN’s Pete Thamel first reported the news Sunday afternoon.

Sayin, a 6-foot-1, 195-pounder, is leaving Alabama in the wake of legendary coach Nick Saban’s retirement, which took place earlier this month. He had been committed to Alabama since November 2022, when he was a junior at California’s Carlsbad High School. Penn State offered him in April 2021.

When the two Big Ten foes play this season, it’s not likely that Sayin will be Ohio State’s starter. That position will probably go to the veteran Howard.

But it will be interesting to see how Sayin’s career plays out. Ohio State certainly has a solid QB history.

This last season, former OSU starter CJ Stroud became one of the NFL’s better starting QBs as a rookie, leading what had been a woeful Texans team to the postseason, where it beat Cleveland in the Wildcard round before falling in Baltimore this past Saturday.


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