Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Joey Burrow Commits to the Buckeyes

       Congratulations to Athens High School's Joey Burrow on committing to Ohio State, yesterday. Although, I have not talked with him, the Buckeye offer was the one that he really wanted and was hoping for.
       The Ohio State coaches talked with Joey Tuesday morning and offered him. After making phone calls to his dad, who is the DC at Ohio University, his mom, and brothers, he called Ohio State to accept the offer.
       Supposedly, Ohio State told him that they were going to revamp their offense some to allow for more drop back passing. That was told to me by a reporter, but not by an Ohio State coach. Joey is more of a pass first, run second QB. He runs well enough to "escape" pocket pressure, but his arm is his major asset. But he can "spin-it."
      After watching video of his sophomore year, I drove to Athens to watch him on the basketball court. Really liked his poise and leadership. Last football season, I saw him destroy a sound Jackson football team with his arm, as well as with his legs. Strong arm. Can make all throws. Smart. Athletic. Really competitive. At that time, I think that he had two offers. Also at that time, the only person who agreed with me on Joey being the a top QB prospect in his Ohio Class of 2016 was Dave Berk.
       Joey had seventeen offers, before getting the Ohio State offer. No, he was not under the radar. Joey had a less than productive Nike Camp last summer at Ohio State. Nerves got the best of him. Actually he grounded some throws. Needed to improve "core muscle" strength. When I saw him last fall, he had gained twenty pounds and really gotten stronger, especially his "core muscles."
       Not to my surprise, many big schools backed away because of the Nike showing. If they would have watched him play in person last fall, hopefully, they would have been smart enough to see his improvement. During this past spring, Joey started receiving BCS offers. Ohio State watched him throw and liked what they saw.
       Watching Joey develop and mature over the last three years has been enjoyable. Given the opportunity, he should have a nice career as a quarterback for the Buckeyes. I wish him well.

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