Kyle McCord is indeed planning to leave Ohio State after one season as the starting quarterback for the Buckeyes.

Early Monday, it was reported that McCord decided to enter the transfer portal with the window officially opening. That news came one day after Ryan Day was not willing to commit to McCord as the starting QB for the Cotton Bowl and beyond.

McCord has since confirmed the news in a statement on social media. The junior thanked Ohio State but said he will be exploring other opportunities in the portal.

I’m extremely thankful for my time at Ohio State. Playing in the scarlet and gray was truly an honor.

I’m gratful for all of the life long relationships I’ve made along the way here in Columbus. My teammates, my brothers, I’m appreciateive for each and every one of you.

Thank you to Coach Day, Coach Dennis, Coach Fitch and the rest of the staff and support team.

Buckeye Nation, your passion is what makes playing in Columbus special.

With that being said, I’ve decided to enter the transfer portal to explore other opportunities.

Coming out of high school, McCord was a 5-star recruit and the No. 28 player in the country per the 247 Sports Composite. He spent 2 seasons as the primary backup to CJ Stroud before eventually winning the starting job in a battle with Devin Brown in training camp.

McCord’s numbers on paper are solid, but that does not tell the full story of the season. Day was visibly frustrated throughout the season with the offense, and the unit as a whole experienced some close calls and slow starts.