Urbanmania is at an all-time high, and he hasn’t even coached a game at OSU yet. When you have two National Championships and an 82% winning percentage on your resume, not to mention a top 5 recruiting class in your first few months on the job, it’s understandable to see why Buckeye fans are drinking the punch. Urban has continually stressed that he will run his offense and is looking for playmakers to fill the skill positions, and his latest commit in the 2013 class answers a lot of the “who will take the reigns after Braxton Miller” questions. The 10th player to commit to OSU is the phenomenally talented dual-threat QB from Texas, J.T. Barrett. Barrett is currently listed as the 6th best overall QB in this class by Rivals and 7th by Scout, while 24/7 Sports has him ranked as the nation’s top dual threat QB (side note, ignore ESPN’s rankings altogether as they apparently have monkeys throw darts at numbers to assign rankings at this time of the year).
Having one season left in his high school career, we can certainly hope that Barrett grows another inch or two and is able to put on a couple of pounds for protection. I list his size, although he is 6’1″ and 205 lbs, as his potential weakness, because if you watch his game it’s hard to find many other negative things about his game. Barrett has a good touch on his passes, the ability to make multiple throws, and his scrambling/running skills speak for themselves. Do yourself a favor and watch his junior season highlights below, and you’ll see why Urban and Co. traveled to Texas to find this future Ohio State QB. Click to see the stats and junior highlight video of OSU’s 10th commitment in the 2013 class…
Weight: 205 lbs
Hometown/School: Wichita Falls, TX/Rider High School
Welcome to Ohio State, Mr. Barrett.