If you’re looking for a high school to call a quarterback factory, look no further than Lake Travis, in Austin, Texas. The Cavaliers have produced an incredible eight straight D1 quarterbacks, and Ohio State signee Matthew Baldwin is the latest in that incredible line.
The streak reaches back to 2006, with Todd Reesing, and went through Garrett Gilbert, Michael Brewer, Colin Lagasse, Baker Mayfield, Dominic DeLira and Charlie Brewer. While the bar set by Baker Mayfield is very high, Baldwin could ultimately be one of the best of the bunch, especially if Ohio State lets him play his game.
Baldwin committed to Ohio State just under two weeks ago, on December 7th. Baldwin had been committed to Colorado State for months, but decommitted on November 30th, mainly because Ohio State had offered in early November.
While the three-star title and former pledge to a G5 school may scare some, Baldwin is a legitimate Ohio State caliber quarterback. He had a monster senior season, and has picked up a ton of major offers over the past four months, as he’s led his team to the Texas division 6A state title game.
Baldwin is ranked by 247Sports as the 442nd best player, the 18th best pro style quarterback, and number 58 in the state of Texas.
Baldwin is relatively new on the scene of Ohio State recruiting. He’d flown under the radar for much of his recruitment, as he had been committed to Colorado State since July. However, in the past two months, he’s absolutely blown up, picking up six offers since November, after an outstanding senior season that saw him throw for 3397 yards and 41 touchdowns to only six interceptions.
Baldwin may not be the prototypical Urban Meyer quarterback, but in a Kevin Wilson system, he fits extremely well. He’s a capable runner, but his greatest strength is certainly his throwing ability, specifically his accuracy. He’s a smart player, and reminds this blogger a lot of Andrew Luck.