Barrett’s Injury Not as Severe as Expected
By Michael Chung
Earlier in the week, it was reported that J.T. Barrett blew out his knee by tearing his ACL, Meniscus and MCL in a Wichita Falls (Texas) Rider's 44-17 victory over Brewer on Friday night.
This was devastating news for Ohio State fans, who were anxious to see if Barrett could be the future replacement to Braxton Miller in Urban Meyer’s spread offense. While the injury was certainly serious, Barrett planned to get a second a opinion on Wednesday to make sure.
And a second opinion Barrett received. Though still not good news for the 2013 quarterback, or the Buckeyes for that mater, Barrett texted The-Ozone Thursday saying the new diagnosis was a torn ACL and torn lateral meniscus. It’s still a pretty brutal injury, but much better news than originally expected.
In an interview with Jonathan “T-bone” Smith on 97.1 The Fan’s The Buckeye Show in Columbus, I was asked if there was a chance the staff could pull Barrett’s offer. Even if he was not injured, Ohio State always has the right to pull a kids offer before he officially signs with the program, but it is highly unlikely they would do so. Ohio State has made great strides to have a strong presence in the Lone Star State and pulling an offer from one of the top kids in Texas because of an injury would not help OSU in the long term.
High school coaches are incredibly loyal to their players and having Texas coaches sour on the Buckeyes over the way they handled Barrett’s injury would not be a smart long-term solution.
Despite the fact Ohio State is unlikely to pull the offer, I asked Barrett how the OSU coaches have responded since the injury. Barrett’s reply to me was that “they are behind me.”
Barrett’s team defeated Brewer High School last week 44-17 in the game where he was injured. Before the injury, he was having a fantastic senior season.
The 4-star prospect out of Texas committed to the Buckeyes back in April of 2012 and was leading Rider High School in Wichita Falls, Tex. on a championship run. At 6-2, 210 pounds, Barrett was rated as the top dual-threat quarterback in the country for 2013 by 247 Sports.
He is Ohio State’s only quarterback in the class of 2013, so does this mean the Buckeyes will take two quarterbacks for 2014 instead of one? Ohio State has already offered DeShaun Watson— who is currently a Clemson verbal —as well as William Crest. It is unsure whether or not Crest is being offered as a QB or as an ATH like Middletown’s Jalin Marshall.
Along with Watson and Crest, Ohio State is also looking at Drew Barker, Kyle Allen, Caleb Henderson and DeShone Kizer at the quarterback position for the 2014 recruiting class.
Another option would be to slide Jalin Marshall into the QB mix behind Braxton Miller and Cardale Jones. Marshall can still focus on being the ‘Percy Harvin” playmaker while also taking snaps as a third or fourth string QB, but it seems more likely the Buckeyes will bring Barrett in with the intention of redshirting him next season, when Miller will be a junior at Ohio State.
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