Looking for some excitement after a number of quiet months in Ohio State recruiting? Well, this is the week for you, because in three days, the Buckeyes have added Tyreke Johnson, lost Brenton Cox, and now, just minutes ago, picked up a new quarterback, as Matthew Baldwin announced his commitment on Twitter:
Committed! #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/SkvkGAj5pN— Matthew Baldwin (@matthewb_12) December 8, 2017
Baldwin is the 436th ranked recruit in the country according to 247sports composite, and the 17th ranked pro-style quarterback. The Lake Travis (Austin, TX) product is the 56th ranked recruit from Texas, and the fourth best quarterback in the state, behind Oklahoma State commit Spencer Sanders, Oklahoma commit Tanner Mordecai, and Mississippi State commit Jalen Mayden.
Baldwin is the 19th member of Ohio State’s 2018 class, and the second quarterback, though that could change soon, as Emory Jones has been very adamant about his willingness to look at all his options; specifically Alabama.
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.