When Saint Louis quarterback Jayden de Laura gave an oral commitment to the Washington State Cougars last month, it seemed like the end of the recruiting process.
De Laura, despite never losing a high school game as a starter, had to wait until October to receive his first offer from a Power Five school. A day later, he rewarded that offer with a commitment to head coach Mike Leach and the Cougars.
Things remained quiet for a few weeks, but the last seven days has seen some big-name schools jump into the fray.
Four days after receiving an offer from USC, de Laura revealed on social media on Sunday that one of the most prestigious college football programs in the country wants his services.
De Laura received a scholarship offer from Ohio State.
— Jayden de Laura (@jayden_delaura) November 4, 2019
The Buckeyes currently have six quarterbacks listed on their roster, including their current starter, sophomore Justin Fields. Fields, a transfer from Georgia, would be eligible for the NFL Draft after next season.
Ohio State signed Kahuku offensive lineman Enokk Vimahi in its 2019 recruiting class, so it does already have recruiting ties to the islands.
De Laura remains committed to the Cougars with the early signing period still a month away.
He rushed for two touchdowns in Friday’s 21-14 win over Punahou to improve to 20-0 as a starter for the Crusaders. He also became the 11th different quarterback ever on Oahu to surpass 3,000 passing yards in a season.
This year he has completed 73.4 percent of his passes for 3,073 yards and 26 touchdowns with only seven interceptions. De Laura has also rushed for 280 yards and six scores.
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