Ohio State quarterback CJ StroudAlthough he hails from Southern California and played college football in the United States, he chose to move out of state. Despite receiving offers from UCLA and USC, Stroud decided to move his talents to the midwest to play for the Buckeyes.
Stroud’s decision is not unusual for top talent in the Sunshine State, who are constantly swept away by top programs like Alabama and Georgia.
Stroud shared his honest opinion when he was asked about why so many Southern California high-school football players leave the state.
“You go to USC and UCLA games, and quite honestly, it’s just kind of boring. Without all the people,” Stroud told reporters. “They kind of just are there on vacation. You go to the other schools out of state and their fans are kind of like fanatics.”
Stroud’s Buckeye career is off to a great start. He was named a Heisman finalist and finished the 2021 regular season with 3,862 passing yards, 38 touchdowns and five interceptions.
Stroud, a redshirt freshman from Ohio State, will be leading Ohio State in the Rose Bowl against Utah Utes on January 1.