COLUMBUS, Ohio — It had been 105 days since Ohio State last received a football commitment, but that daily tally is now reset to zero as the Buckeyes landed a verbal commitment from 2015 quarterback Joey Burrow today.
Buckeyes Get Commitment from In-State QB Joey Burrow
By Tony Gerdeman
Burrow (6-4 205) announced the news via Twitter on Tuesday afternoon.
Burrow is from Athens, Ohio where he plays for The Plains. Last season he threw for 3,732 yards and 47 touchdowns while completing 71.2% of his passes. He also rushed for 589 yards and nine touchdowns.
According to the 247Sports Composite ranking, Burrow is the #10 dual-threat quarterback in the nation. Both Scout and 247Sports rank him as a four-star prospect.
He committed to Ohio State over offers from Virginia Tech, West Virginia, South Florida, Vanderbilt, Maryland, Minnesota, Kentucky, Cincinnati and Fresno State.
Last September, Ohio high school football scout John McCallister wrote that Burrow was his top quarterback in Ohio in 2015.
"The leader of the Bulldogs is quarterback Joe Burrow. Listed 6'4-190, but 6'3-185 every day. For me, Joe is the top QB prospect in the Ohio Class of 2015. Strong arm. Excellent pocket awareness. Good feet in the pocket. Good burst and runs well in open field. Can make all throws. Stands tall. Excellent release. Understands coverage. Even ran a speed option to his left successfully. Reminds me a lot of former Mentor QB Mitch Trubisky, now at North Carolina."
Burrow was named the Gatorade Ohio Football Player of the Year following the 2013 season. He is 23-3 in 26 career games, and was named First-Team All-Ohio last season. As a sophomore, he was named Second-Team All-Ohio.
He has amassed 117 touchdowns and 8,306 yards of total offense in his first three seasons. His 94 career touchdown passes are already in the top 10 in Ohio high school history.
As to what affect this might have on the Buckeyes and their pursuit of five-star quarterback Torrance Gibson, there is likely none. Ohio State is hoping to take two quarterbacks in this class provided they are the right two. In Burrow, the Buckeye coaches obviously feel as though they are halfway there.
On Wednesday we'll have a breakdown of Burrow's game from John McCallister.
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