Ohio State graduate Joe Burrow announced on May 8 his decision to move on from the program as a graduate transfer. As a graduate transfer, he will be eligible to play right away for the program he decides to join this off-season. Burrow said that he expects to make a decision on his transfer in the coming weeks. His potential transfer has been talked about for a while now, but now that it has happened, how might it impact Ohio State’s recruiting at the position?
After weeks of struggling with this decision, I have decided to leave Ohio State and explore other options. My teammates and coaches all know the love I feel for them. I will decide where I will play next year in the coming weeks.
— Joey Burrow (@Joe_Burrow10) May 8, 2018
Will Burrow’s Transfer Impact Quarterback Recruiting?
In short, I expect Burrow’s transfer to have little to no impact on Ohio State quarterback recruiting in 2019. If Burrow stayed at Ohio State he would have been gone after this upcoming season anyways, but now that he is gone, people seem to believe it is Dwayne Haskins’ job to lose. Haskins will be a redshirt sophomore this upcoming season which means he will be eligible for the NFL Draft. Although I don’t think Haskins will be ready for the NFL after next season, Ohio State could recruit with the possibility of him leaving to be safe. As the season goes on, Ohio State will have an opportunity to see if Haskins is NFL ready and could recruit accordingly if they felt he may leave after the season.
What quarterbacks are Ohio State looking at for 2019?
Right now, Ohio State seems to have their focus on three quarterbacks in the class of 2019. Dwan Mathis and Graham Mertz are both 4-star quarterbacks who are committed to other Big Ten schools currently. Mathis is committed to Michigan State and Mertz is committed to Wisconsin, however the Buckeyes could flip the commitment of one of these quarterbacks. Grant Gunnell is a 4-star quarterback from the Lone Star State who is yet to make a commitment and has a 54% chance of committing to Ohio State according to 247. The Buckeyes will most likely end up adding just one quarterback to the class of 2019, but they could consider adding two as the 2019 recruiting season moves along.