COLUMBUS, Ohio — The commitment of quarterback Joey Burrow at the end of May ended a months-long stretch of no commitments for the Buckeyes, but it's pretty clear that that stretch would have ended much sooner if the offer to Burrow had just come sooner.
Breaking Down OSU Quarterback Commit Joey Burrow
By Tony Gerdeman
Playing for Ohio State was always a dream for Burrow, and soon after receiving his offer from Urban Meyer, he made his pledge to become a Buckeye.
We already know about the astounding numbers that he has put up in his first three years in high school. He threw for 3,732 yards with 49 touchdowns while completing 71.2% of his passes last season, and also rushed for 589 yards and nine touchdowns.
He has thrown for 94 career touchdown passes, while putting up 8,306 yards of total offense. He was First-Team All-State a year ago while also being named the Gatorade Ohio Football Player of the Year.
The statistics and accomplishments are very impressive, so what type of quarterback are the Buckeyes getting?
"Oh yeah, he's the best quarterback in the class," said John McCallister of the McCallister Scouting Report.
McCallister scouts Ohio high school football from border to border and back again, and has seen Burrow develop over the years.
"I'm the first guy that had the stones to come out and say he's good, and he is," McCallister said. "Joey wants to be good and he's going to be good, I think."
After seeing Burrow as a sophomore, McCallister went to watch him on the basketball court, and came away impressed with his poise and leadership despite his youth.
A rough outing at a Nike camp early on may have scared some schools away, but according to McCallister, Burrow dedicated himself to fixing his faults.
"I think nerves got the best of him at the Nike camp, but he also needed to improve his strength, and he did that. When I saw him play last year, he had put on 20 pounds and really gotten stronger. He improved his core muscle area for sure."
With a stronger arm, the doubts about Burrow's potential were lessened. From what McCallister has seen, Burrow might just be the complete package.
"I just think he's a really good quarterback. Last fall he showed that he can spin it. He's more of a dropback guy, he's a throwing quarterback. He's not a run-first guy, but he does have a pretty good burst and he can escape. He's got good feet in and out of the pocket, but his arm is his major asset.
"He's always had a solid release point on his throws, and his follow through is excellent. He stands tall in the pocket and he can make every throw now. His pocket awareness is really, really good, and he understands coverages very well."
One of the key characteristics that Urban Meyer looks for in a quarterback is leadership. He wants a player who can lead his team on the field and on the sideline. McCallister has seen that from Burrow.
"He is definitely a leader. He has all of the qualities of a leader. He just manages the game really well."
Burrow may not be the only quarterback the Buckeyes take in the 2015 class, but if he is, it doesn't sound like there should be too much concern.
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