The Latest On On The Rumors For Ohio State Transfer Quarterback Joe Burrow

The Latest On On The Rumors For Ohio State Transfer Quarterback Joe Burrow

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The Latest On On The Rumors For Ohio State Transfer Quarterback Joe Burrow


There’s been a lot of rumors and chat boards downright giddy over the chance of their school landing Ohio State grad transfer Joe Burrow. We’ve got the latest of where it all stands and what schools have been involved.


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The Latest On On The Rumors For Ohio State Transfer Joe Burrow

There sure has been a lot of excitement about the potential of newly minted (graduated just Sunday) grad transfer and former Ohio State quarterback Joe Burrow landing at various spots. Especially for a kid that has been a backup only at Ohio State — though he was embattled in a hot and heavy QB race in Columbus until he air-lifted out Tuesday.

But what’s true, and what’s just speculation? The truth of it all, is that most of what we are hearing so far is simply plausible places that make sense because of need, style, or relationship.

So, here at Buckeye Wire, we are going to update you to where everything stands with the Joe Burrow saga and what’s been confirmed as interest, and what’s merely a connect-the-dots type of affair.

The Confirmed Contenders

We are going to define “confirmed” as sources reporting such things. In this case, so far — unless something further comes out after this writing — there are only two confirmed schools with interest.

Cincinnati

Per Bruce Feldman of Sports Illustrated, Burrow is reportedly visiting Cincinnati today.

Pros:

  • With Luke Fickell being on staff at Ohio State when Burrow first got there, he likely has working knowledge of the kid and would jump at the chance to add him to the roster.
  • There’s the relationship Urban Meyer has with the former OSU defensive coordinator and that can’t hurt.
  • It’s also close to home still for Burrow who’s hometown is in the Southern Ohio city of Athens.
  • There is the possibility for immediate playing time as the starter.

Cons:

  • The Bearcats had an awful season last year, and it remains to be seen if it’s the type of situation Burrow would like to walk into.
  • The American Athletic Conference is not exactly big time college football. He may be looking to go somewhere in a Power Five league to really show off what he can do.

LSU

Bruce Feldman and SEC Country have also cited sources close to the situation that Burrow is set to visit the Bayou this weekend sometime.

Pros:

  • It’s an SEC school with a ton of talent on the roster annually. If Burrow wants to test himself at a high level, it’s a good place to do it.
  • For a perennial power, it’s a good situation to go into with a chance at jumping to the top of the competition line immediately. There are already three quarterbacks on the roster, but none have been named a starter, and Burrow could be their guy.
  • It’s fun to be in Louisiana — especially when the weather turns gray and cold up north. Plus New Orleans is just down the road where things can get a little too much fun.

Cons:

  • LSU isn’t exactly a program that caters to a quarterback’s game. The Tigers have been a mess at the position for a few years now and like to lean heavily on defense and the running game at times.
  • Baton Rouge is a significant distance away from the comforts of home in the event that things aren’t going the way that he wants.
  • Despite the lack of anyone grabbing the starting job, the three that are there makes for yet another quarterback battle the likes of what Burrow just ejected from. Is it really a better situation than what was in Columbus?

Because It Makes Sense

We haven’t heard anything definitive on the next group, but the situation and timing of everything would make sense. Plus, fans are going crazy on message boards, so we’ll play …

Florida

On paper, this makes a lot of sense. There has been rumored interest from the Burrow camp with no denials coming from Gainesville. However, when asked about adding a grad transfer at QB, new head coach Dan Mullen was quoted as saying … “not right now.”

But that was before the Burrow announcement, and it’s no longer right now, but later — you see. Still, there has not been anything out there confirming any visit or talks as of yet.

Pros:

  • Dan Mullen is an Urban Meyer protege, and is installing an offense that is very similar to what Burrow ran and learned at Ohio State. It would be about as seamless of a learning curve as there is out there.
  • Meyer and Mullen are friends. That has to count for something, and don’t be surprised if something is going on behind the scenes between the two that won’t get leaked to the media. Meyer might want to do right by Burrow and steer him to someone he believes will do the same.
  • There is a need for a solid QB at Florida. Truth be known, the Gators have been a swampy quagmire at the position since Tim Tebow left.
  • It’s a Power Five SEC school. Enough said.
  • It’s Florida where the sun shines all year and there’s lots of fun things to do during your down-time.

Cons:

  • Did we mention jumping out of the Scarlet and Gray frying pan and into the fire? Feleipe Franks has experience — although inconsistent — Emory Jones is a talented freshman that has yet to prove anything, and Kyle Trask and Jake Allen are also on the roster with plenty of eligibility remaining. Burrow will have to learn and separate himself quickly to get the nod.
  • Like LSU, it’s far from home and all that goes with that.
  • Dan Mullen hasn’t exactly jumped at the chance to go out and make it known that there’s a need for a grad transfer. His mind might be on going with what the roster has currently.

UCLA

This is a school getting more attention in the race for Burrow’s services, but so far we haven’t hear anything coming from out of Westwood.

Pros:

  • You can bet Burrow would love to play for Chip Kelly. His offensive up-temp system is great for a quarterback with his skill set. It’s what Meyer runs at Columbus, but on steroids and energy drinks.
  • What’s not to love about Southern California? Coming from a guy originally from the Midwest, there’s something attractive and dreamy about going out to California and experiencing a different culture that doesn’t deal with brats, beer and land-locked gray skies.
  • UCLA is in need of a QB. Josh Rosen is off to the NFL and there’s a chance to jump right in and grab the starting gig.
  • It’s the Pac-12 — the historical league of the quarterback, in Los Angeles, arguably the city of the college quarterback.

Cons:

  • Once again, it is far from home. But this time, very far. It is half way to Hawaii from where Burrow is from in fact.
  • Chip Kelly might not want to mess around with a graduate transfer. There hasn’t been any noise out there so far, and he’s got time to get his system in place and build things the right way rather than getting a loaner player for two years.
  • Former Michigan quarterback Wilton Speight has already transferred out to UCLA. He’ll have to sit out a year, but would be inserted into the mix in 2019. Plus, that’s just awkward. “Hey Wil, how ’bout those INTs against us in 2016?”

Texas

What better place to go than the guy that recruited you in the first place? It might not be that simple, but there’s a need, and if there’s a way …

Pros:

  • As mentioned, Tom Herman brought Burrow to Columbus when he was the offensive coordinator for Urban Meyer. He liked him then, there’s a good chance that’s still the case.
  • Texas is one of the blue bloods of the sport, so there’s no doubt Burrow would love to play in the Burnt Orange.
  • Austin is a cool and funky town with decent weather. A young lad could get comfortable there.
  • The offense would be fairly familiar, maybe even more so than what Burrow would encounter in Gainesville.
  • He’ll put up numbers in the pass-happy Big X11 where defense is an optional package until you run into TCU.

Cons:

  • Herman has yet to prove himself in big time head coaching. For all the potential, he’s only got a track record as an offensive coordinator at Ohio State and a decent run at Houston. There is a wait and see component to what he is building in Austin. Would Burrow want to be a part of that?
  • It’s yet another QB competition with nothing given. Shane Buechele and Sam Ehlinger are the two battling it out, and both already have game experience.
  • Everything is bigger in Texas, including homesickness.
  • Texas is still a program looking to break out of the shadows of mediocrity. Is the surrounding talent really that great to help Burrow out?

Ohio

The Bobcats have long been rumored as a potential landing spot for Burrow because of family ties and familiarity. However, there are a lot of reasons to think it won’t happen.

Pros:

  • Burrow’s dad is the defensive coordinator under Frank Solich there. How cool would it be to play for dad?
  • On that note, he lives in Athens, Ohio. There’s being home and then there’s literally being at home. It could be appealing to be the hometown kid that came home and became the hero for good ‘ole State U.
  • It’s not a given (more on that later), but he would potentially be the starter from day one.
  • There would be less pressure than a place like Ohio State, Florida or Texas per se.

Pros:

  • It’s a MAC school. If you are truly looking for ticket to the NFL, being at a non-power five school makes things a bit harder. He has the talent to play at a higher level, and Burrow may not want to settle.
  • Playing for family can have its drawbacks just as well as it could have benefits.
  • It could be too close to home. Most kids like to spread their wings a little and enjoy new places and new experiences. Been there, done that.
  • The Bobcats actually have a talented quarterback already. Canadian Nathan Rourke is a dual-threat QB that appeared on the Manning Award watch list and finished the year as a second-team All MAC selection. Burrow would likely be a bit of an upgrade, but he won’t be given the job.

Other Schools Mentioned

TCU

Maybe, but I don’t see it. I think Gary Patterson will go forward with sophomore Shawn Robinson.

Iowa State

It makes sense, but there hasn’t been much of anything substantial to date and Ames, Iowa isn’t exactly the type of place quarterbacks go to get attention.

Texas Tech

Yeah, it does make some sense, but there’s not really been more than a few suggestions on this one. We’ll see. I don’t think so though.

Wyoming

At this point, folks are just throwing out anyone I guess that lost a good starting QB. The Cowboys probably wouldn’t even be on the map if not for the whole Josh Allen thing.

Not Happennig

Nebraska

This appears dead. The ‘Huskers topped many a list early on because of his dad and brothers played there, but recently Scott Frost has pushed that aside.

And this –

anywhere in the Big Ten

The normal course of action on these sorts of things is that said interested school reaches out to Ohio State and asks permission to talk to Joe. Ohio State then gives permission and the train begins to heat up, steam and look to leave the station.

What OSU is not likely to do is play as nice in the sandbox with a fellow Big Ten team. For that reason, anyone in conference can probably fughetaboudit.

But hey, we’ve seen weirder things right? I mean we do have a billionaire reality star with an orange face as president — so … all bets are off.

We’ll keep you up to speed on all of this as things move along — and move along they will.

 

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