Buckeyes Reportedly Add QB Transfer

By Jeff Rapp, August 15th, 2018

Ohio State seems to be on a constant pursuit to thicken up the football depth chart, especially at the all-important position of quarterback. Sure enough, the coaches have been open to adding a quality arm to the program now that Joe Burrow has transferred to LSU.

According to a recent report, the Buckeyes will be welcoming transfer QB Chris Chugunov, who sees an opportunity to compete for the position with only youngsters Tate Martell and Matthew Baldwin behind starter Dwayne Haskins, the overwhelming favorite to hold down the starting duties this fall.

According to a tweet from the Dominion Post‘s Allan Taylor, Chugunov has decided to transfer to Ohio State. He’ll head to Columbus with two years of eligibility remaining after playing at West Virginia University. The only question now, if the report is true, is … when?

An Ohio State spokesperson said the Buckeyes “don’t have any additions to the roster at this time,” and added the program currently is at its full allotment of 85 scholarships for the 2018 season. That aligns with Taylor’s assertion Chugunov has not yet enrolled, which could mean the New Jersey native is more likely join the team for the 2019 season.

Chugunov decided to transfer out of WVU in February and earned his undergraduate degree in May, making him an essential collegiate free agent. In a backup role with the Mountaineers last season, Chugunov completed 43 of 90 passes for 536 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions.

He started the final three games of the 2017 season, all losses, as WVU faced the likes of Big 12 powers Texas and Oklahoma, and finally Utah in the Dallas Bowl.

As a redshirt freshman in 2016, Chugunov was just 2 of 5 passing for 15 yards and one interception.

Now listed 6-1 and 203 pounds, Chugunov was a three-star prospect while at Montgomery High School in Skillman, N.J. According to the 247Sports Composite, he was rated the 46th-best pro-style quarterback and the 24th-ranked player in the state of New Jersey.

A redshirt sophomore, Haskins played in eight games in 2017, completing 70.2 percent of his passes for 565 yards and four touchdowns. He is best known for providing able relief in the narrow win at Michigan last year with longtime starter J.T. Barrett injured. Haskins finished that game with 94 passing yards and 24 rushing yards.

Baldwin has been limited by a knee injury and did not play in the spring game. Martell did, and showed flashes of being a playmaker, but is not a polished pocket passer.