Klatt expounded on his rankings, saying that he ordered his top five according to coaches and quarterbacks.
“Their position on this board is determined by what I trust most. I trust coaching and I trust quarterbacks most,” Klatt explained, calling Alabama’s Nick Saban the “most trustworthy coach” and the major reason why the Crimson Tide occupy the top spot.
Because he trusts Oklahoma’s Spencer Rattler, Georgia’s J.T. Daniels and Clemson’s D.J. Uiagalelei more than Ohio State starter C.J. Stroud, Klatt slotted the Buckeyes fifth. Stroud is a former four-star recruit but has only played in three college games and did not attempt a pass in any of them.
“A guy we haven’t seen, CJ Stroud is going to get the nod at the quarterback position [for Ohio State],” Klatt said.
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Of the quarterbacks for those teams in the top five, Stroud is by far the least experienced. Even Uiagalelei made a couple of starts last season and Alabama’s Bryce Young attempted 22 passes in relief of Mac Jones.
Still, Stroud has his share of believers. Recently, Fox Sports Radio’s Aaron Torres cited an anonymous former NFL Pro Bowler who thinks Stroud’s passing ability is already better than some professional quarterbacks.
“He throws the ball better than a bunch of guys that get paid on Sundays to do it,” the unnamed Pro Bowler told Torres.
We’ll get to see Stroud sling it for the first time as a Buckeye tonight. Ohio State and Minnesota will kick off at 8 p.m. ET on FOX.