Ohio State has a very precarious quarterback situation. The Buckeyes added one of the most high-profile transfers in some time, in former five-star Justin Fields, who is the de facto starter heading into the 2019 season.
Fields saw some time at Georgia as a true freshman last season. Ultimately, he wasn't able to wrest much time away from established starter Jake Fromm, and transferred to the Buckeyes, receiving a somewhat controversial waiver to play immediately as well.
Fields' addition to the quarterback room caused serious shakeup in Columbus though. Tate Martell, who was likely the favorite to start before his arrival, left for Miami. Most recently, Matthew Baldwin, who was ostensibly battling Fields for the job and, by all accounts, impressing the staff, recently elected to leave as well.
With Martell and Baldwin gone, that left another transfer, former West Virginia back-up Chris Chugunov, as the second-stringer for Ohio State. That puts the team in a very precarious position, should anything happen to Fields.
In their attempts to add insurance at the quarterback position, Ohio State just landed a late 2019 commitment in three-star JP Andrade.
The California native isn't a complete unknown in the recruiting world. 247Sports ranked him as a three-star player, and No. 57 among pro-style quarterbacks in the class.
Andrade holds some FCS offers, as well as one from FBS South Alabama. He remained uncommitted though, and now has an interesting opportunity with a true college football power.
Andrade will be a preferred walk-on at Ohio State. He had a similar offer from Dan Mullen and Florida, per reports.
It isn't the flashiest addition ever, but it is a needed one for the Buckeyes. He might not be the last quarterback to join the squad either.
Ohio State is recruiting Kentucky graduate transfer Gunner Hoak, an Ohio native who is considering moving on from the SEC program.