Today’s Topic: What’s the Best Way to Combat QB Transfers?
One year ago at this time, Ohio State’s quarterback room had Dwayne Haskins, Joe Burrow, Tate Martell, and Matthew Baldwin.
This year, Haskins is off to the NFL, Burrow will be in his second season as LSU’s starting quarterback, Martell is at Miami waiting to hear back on his eligibility, and Baldwin is watching a quarterback who was at Georgia last year attempting to bypass him as the Buckeyes’ starter.
As if you didn’t already know, a lot can change in a year, especially at quarterback. No other position transfers as much as quarterback, and things aren’t going to slow down any time soon with the transfer portal. While they may not like it, coaches understand why it happens. Only one player can really play, and one of the main reasons most coaches try to sign a quarterback every year is because they know they will lose some to transferring.
Patience in the pocket is a coveted quarterback trait, and today it is much more realistic than patience on the sideline.
There is a constant dance when it comes to recruiting quarterbacks. Coaches want the best player they can get, but they understand that if a new quarterback is too good, then other guys may either transfer out or choose not to come to your school at all.
“First off, it’s hard to recruit a highly-recruited guy, then recruit guys behind them,” Buckeye head coach Ryan Day said. “If they leave, after their third year in the program, it gets really hard. That’s the constant struggle of right now with college football and the quarterback situation. It’s very sensitive. But to your point, that is a challenge.”
Day’s situation now is that he has lost a starting quarterback that they thought they would have at least one more year. They also lost his backup. And they also lost the QB they had committed in the 2019 class just because of the speculation that Justin Fields was going to transfer to Ohio State.
There is more drama in most quarterback rooms than on any reality television show.
So how does Day plan on solving it?
“I think honesty is the best way to go,” he said. “I think it has changed in the last year. It’s changed in the last two to three years, it has changed the last five years to the last decade. It’s changing.
“I think five years ago when you could have guys stay in your program at quarterback, I think that’s changed. Guys want to play right now. The best way to combat that is to be honest in the recruiting process. To tell someone they’re going to come in and play right away is not right. I think you have to be honest with them, tell them it’s a competition. Then there’s no expectation problems when they get here.”