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Ohio State recruiting: State Secrets, 12/4 - Joe Burrow named Mr. Football in Ohio, Josh Sweat update

Ohio State commit Joe Burrow gets rewarded for his exceptional season for Athens (OH). Plus, the latest on one of the nation's top prospects.

Joe Burrow
Joe Burrow

Ohio State currently holds commitments from ten excellent prospects that hail from Ohio, so it's no surprise that one of them was recognized as the state's "Mr. Football." On Wednesday, Buckeye QB commit Joe Burrow was honored as the best football player in Ohio, and rightly so.

Burrow was given the award for an amazing performance throughout the season, which will continue on Thursday as his Athens Bulldogs will take on Toledo Central Catholic in Ohio Stadium. Through 14 games this year, Burrow has piled up 3,993 yards through the air with 57 touchdown passes and only one interception, according to Bill Kurelic. To add to that, Burrow has also run for 583 yards and five touchdowns.

Last year, current Ohio State linebacker Dante Booker from St. Vincent - St. Mary was named Mr. Football in the state. It is the first time that the Buckeyes will have two consecutive winners of the award since Andy Katzenmoyer (1995) and Derek Combs (1996). Burrow joins a handful of Buckeyes to have previously won the award, including Bam Childress, Maurice Clarett, Buster Howe, Bobby Hoying, Brandon Saine, Robert Smith and the aforementioned Katzenmoyer and Combs.

One would suspect that the play from Burrow this season will give him a bump from all of the recruiting services. The 6'4, 205-pounder is currently only rated as a three-star prospect in the class. Burrow also only stands at 372nd in the nation and 18th in the state of Ohio, but being named Mr. Football tells a much different story.

Sweat to announce decision next week:

As first reported by's Michael Clark, '15 DE Josh Sweat will be announcing his collegiate decision next Wednesday. As things stand today, the No. 6 player in the country has made official visits to Florida State, Georgia, Ohio State and Virginia Tech and is expected to be in Eugene this weekend for an official with the Ducks. The five-star prospect from Oscar Smith (VA) was in attendance as the Buckeyes came up short against Virginia Tech back in the beginning of September. The programs in the best spot to land Sweat are the Seminoles and the Hokies, but the Buckeyes will try and get their final word in before next week. Wide Receiver coach Zach Smith is expected to visit Sweat later today at his high school.