Ohio State fans are likely to get their first extended look at former 5-star freshman Kyle McCord this weekend against Akron.

Ohio State’s usual starter, CJ Stroud, isn’t expected to play much as he nurses an injury. McCord and redshirt freshman Jack Miller are expected to handle the majority of the work vs. the Zips.

If McCord does play on Saturday, it will be his first action with the Buckeyes. He enrolled in Columbus back in January.

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Here are three things to know about McCord ahead of Ohio State’s Week 4 contest with Akron:

Prolific high school career

McCord led his high school, St. Joseph’s Prep (Philadelphia, PA.), to its third straight 6A state championship in 2020. He threw for 336 yards and 4 touchdowns in the state title game.

Before graduating, McCord set city and league records for passing yards (6,887) and touchdowns (88).

Recruiting pedigree

McCord was one of the top quarterbacks in the country for the class of 2021. He was a 5-star prospect and the No. 6 overall quarterback in the class, according to 247Sports Composite rankings.

He chose Ohio State over offers from programs like Michigan, Penn State, Texas A&M and many more. He committed to Ohio State on April 30 of 2019 and enrolled back in January of 2021.

Son of a college QB

McCord is the son of Stacy and Derek McCord. Derek is also a former college quarterback, having played at Rutgers from 1988-92.

He played in nine career games for the Scarlet Knights and threw for 441 yards, 3 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.