It’s all fun and games going into the 2014 season with Braxton Miller under center once again, and while it may not have completely set in just yet, he will be gone fairly soon.
This past week, we got a glimpse into the future of the Ohio State quarterback position with the commitment of three-star prospect, Joe Burrow, out of Athens. Burrow committed to the Buckeyes via his twitter account.
Since Burrow’s commitment to Columbus, he’s continually expressed his excitement about becoming a Buckeye for the next few years to come, especially after he had a conversation with former tight end Ben Hartsock about what his life will be like in the future.
Great talking with Ben Hartsock about Buckeye football!!
— Joey Burrow (@Joe_Burrow10) May 29, 2014
But, who is Burrow?
Well, for starters, he became the first pledge for Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes in nearly four months. While not a death sentence on the recruiting trail by any means having that much time between pledges, it becomes a concern when the likes of Alabama and especially Big Ten rival Penn State are racking them up left and right.
According to the 247 Sports rankings, Burrow is the No. 10 ranked dual-threat QB in the country and the 17th overall player in the state of Ohio.
After tossing for 3,374 yards and 46 touchdowns as a junior in 2013 and rushing for 585 yards on 96 carries with nine scores, he was named the Ohio Gatorade Player of the Year, boosting his recruiting stock that much further.
As for maintaining the same level of on-field play that we’ve seen throughout the past few years from Miller, Burrow should be able to oblige.
If there is one attribute that stands out more with Burrow than with Miller, it’s size. He has a good two-inch advantage over Braxton, meaning that Coach Meyer could have a lot of fun turning this young man into one of the more dangerous pocket passers the school has ever seen, while at the same time finding ways to utilize his wheels on the ground.
At first glance, there’s not much negative to come out of Burrow committing to the Buckeyes, except for how much some may see it affecting the program’s ongoing recruitment of 5-star QB Torrance Gibson.