After committing to Ohio State over scholarship offers from West Virginia, Iowa State, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Boston College, and Maryland last May, Athens High standout quarterback and Mr. Football for the state of Ohio Joe Burrow is officially an Ohio State student-athlete. He signed and faxed in his letter of intent to Urban Meyer, Tim Beck and the rest of the Buckeye coaching staff today.
Burrow, a 6'4, 205-pound, four-star prospect, comes from a great football pedigree. His father, current Ohio University defensive coordinator Jim Burrow, and older brothers Jamie and Dan all played on the Division I level at Nebraska, a program who tried to flip Joe out his commitment from OSU late in the process.
As a senior, the Athens signal-caller led the 14-1 Bulldogs all the way to state championship, but came up on the short end of the stick to a very solid Toledo Central Catholic squad in what was one of the more exciting title games in recent history.
Putting up crazy stats nearly every game, Burrow finished his last season on the high school level with 4,445 yards passing and 63 touchdowns through the air. On the ground, Joe, the ninth dual-threat quarterback and 305th-overall prospect in the 2015 class (according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings), rushed for 642 yards and five more scores.
Our Christopher Jason had to the following to say on the newest Buckeye:
"Burrow has great size with a frame that could add up to another 20 pounds, standing at 6'4 and 205 pounds. He is not a burner but possesses deceptive speed when running with the football. He can outrun linebackers and has good vision when running the ball in between the tackles. Burrow makes good decisions in the read option and uses his size to break tackles against smaller players in the secondary.
When it comes to throwing the football, he is not afraid to stay in the pocket and take a hit after delivering the ball. He has very good touch on his downfield throws and he has very good accuracy down the field. I would like to see him get rid of the ball faster, as the Buckeyes use the wide receiver screen game more than his high school team, but he fits into his team's spread offense very well. Burrow moves well in the pocket and he can throw on the run, even across his body. He is a tough kid who will block down field for his teammates if necessary and seems to really love the game.
Overall, Burrow fits into Coach Urban Meyer's spread offense, as he is a true dual-threat quarterback that excels at both rushing and passing the football. I think Coach Meyer found himself a very underrated quarterback recruit that could be in the mix sooner rather than later."
Want to see Joe Burrow in action? Check out these highlights, courtesy of Hudl: