11W Community Interview: The Plains Quarterback Joe Burrow

By Jeremy Birmingham on July 13, 2014 at 12:00p

The 11W Community Interview is truly of the people, by the people, and for the people. You submit the questions, vote on them, and then we pass the top ones on to the biggest names in the world of Ohio State athletics.

Joe Burrow, the subject of this week's 11W Community Interview, could be dubbed "The Rainmaker." After all, it was Burrow's commitment that ended a serious recruiting drought for the Buckeyes and brought forth the deluge that happened during May and June of this year. Just days after his pledge, Burrow was at Ohio State, working his tail off on the football field and as a recruiter for the Buckeyes.

He also had turned into an unexpected fashion icon, thanks in part to his choice in hosiery. It's been quite a summer for Burrow, who, after a family vacation that saw him rub elbows with NFL stars on the beach, returned home to Ohio to take your questions. 

Welcome to the 11W Community Interview, Joe Burrow edition.

Your tape shows you running the ball quite a bit, but you do very well in the pocket too - if you were describing your game, do you think your more of a dual threat QB who likes to run, or pocket passer who can run if needed? - Poison Nuts

JB: I would definitely describe myself as a pocket passer, but someone who can run if needed. I'm not going to just take off before the play develops if I have time. I think what makes me so dangerous is that I look for plays down the field until the very last moment. Off of that though, I can run designed run plays and I will not shy away from contact. 

What is one thing Buckeye nation doesn't know about you? - Hobochops987

JB: One thing Buckeye nation doesn't know about me is that up until last year I thought I was going to be a basketball player, not a college football player. As a freshman I played varsity basketball and focused on basketball until after my sophomore basketball season. 

You were quoted as saying that the coaching staff saw improvement in your game which led to your offer. What specifically do you think you improved the most at from last year to now? And what do you think is your biggest strength on the field? - Fly Patterns

JB: I think what improved most was just my my footwork and arm strength. I have a very good quarterback coach here at Athens and he worked with me a lot last season to get me where I am today. My biggest strength on the field in my opinion is my ability to extend the play. 

What current or incoming offensive "weapon" are you looking most forward to playing with? - DustinCCC

JB: I wouldn't say I am looking forward to playing with any one player in particular, I would say I am just excited to witness all the incredible athletes that Ohio State has. I think that might take a while to get used to, just the speed and quickness of everybody on the field. 

Your commitment broke the "drought" so to speak. Can you talk about any of the conversations you were having with the coaching staff at the time? Did the lack of commitments factor in to your decision to commit when you did? - EwanJobi

JB: I honestly wasn't even aware of the drought. The only thing that I knew was that I wanted to be a Buckeye and I didn't want to wait to become one. There was no reason for me to wait (once Ohio State offered), the conversations I had, committing immediately, that was just how excited the coaching staff and myself were that day. 

What benefit has it been to your development as a quarterback to grow up around football programs and have a coach for a father?  - BethesdaBuck

JB: It has been a huge benefit for me. I feel like I am ahead of the game when it comes to understanding the game and the intricacies of it because I have grown up knowing nothing but football. My dad and I watch film together, he quizzes me on what coverage and what plays will work against my opponent that week and sometimes his opponent. It's a huge benefit. 

Do you ever read Ohio State Fan Forums or do you try to avoid that stuff?  - KingBuckeye419

JB: I generally try to avoid the forums as much as I can but every once in a while I do scour the internet for negative things said about me, just as extra motivation. I love reading about people who doubt me, who doubt my abilities and I love proving people wrong. 

How will you prepare differently at Ohio State when you arrive to compete for a starting role with the other highly rated QB.s currently on the OSU roster? - AlwayzaBuckeye614

JB: Honestly, I won't do anything different than I do now. I'm just going to come in and give my all in everything that I do. Whether it's in the weight room or on the practice field; in the classroom, or on the playing field. I am going to bring energy and a hard working attitude to the team and I think that will be evident as soon as I get there. 

Are you helping to recruit other guys to join this class? Who have you reached out to? - Killer Nuts

JB: Yes, I am recruiting other players. All of the commits have done a great job in recruiting the players that we want to join us, and we're working very hard. We want to have to number one recruiting class this year because our goal before we graduate is to win a national championship and we will not settle for anything less. We want to get to the top and we need the best players to do that.

Ohio state is a special place. It is clearly the best place to play college football in America and I am very excited to be a part of the legendary program.

What's the first thing you did after ending your converstation with coach Meyer after your commitment? - WezBuck28

JB: The first thing I did was try to call my mom and dad but neither of them answered. So the first people who found out were my friends who were in my house with me at the time. None of my family would answer for about 30 minutes so we get a good laugh out if that every once in a while.

Ohio state is a special place. It is clearly the best place to play college football in America and I am very excited to be a part of such a legendary program. The fans are what make it so special. I promise this class will do special things at Ohio State. Our goal is to win a national championship and if we don't accomplish, that we will be disappointed more than anyone else. Buckeye nation is crazy, and I love it, and I appreciate all of your support. 


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Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

Gotta love his attitude. Looking forward to watching him develop. 

Read my entire screen name....

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whiskeyjuice's picture


"Championships are not won on Saturdays in November. Championships are won on Tuesdays in August." -- Kerry Combs

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Crimson's picture

I love workers, and he is one.  Welcome to the Buckeye family!

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Killer nuts's picture

Very happy he's a buckeye 

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Buckeyeneer's picture

Welcome, Joe. We're all behind you!

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

THE Ohio State University

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KBonay's picture

There is no question, QB is a cerebral position.  And this kid has it.

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whiskeyjuice's picture

I'm not sure I understand why he only has a 3* rating. Is it the competition he is up against? From what I saw in the vid, he makes quick decisions, smart plays and athletic enough to run and make people miss. Seems accurate (not aware of his completion percentage). 

With all the speed and athletes that are coming into the program, all OSU needs is a QB that can distribute to all the crazy talent. We really don't need a QB that runs as good if not better than RB's.

With all that said, JB looks like gem in the making!!

"Championships are not won on Saturdays in November. Championships are won on Tuesdays in August." -- Kerry Combs

Eph97's picture

Personally, I always prefer a QB that can beat a defense with his arm rather than his legs. Of course to have both abilities is the best, but those type of qb's are very rare; Steve Young types don't come along often.

bleedscarlet's picture

By all means, shy away from contact.... please.

Slingin' swag since 1970


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BassDropper's picture

Burrow will never be a 4x National Champion, he will never win a Heisman, and will never be a 1st round draft pick. Pass.


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ab1993's picture

lol I'll never understand the people on this site that don't understand your sense of humor

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warosu's picture

Watch out you'll get dv'd

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BUCKSOMIES's picture

Name me one player who has won 4 NC's, won a Heisman and been a 1st rd pick.

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Buckeye Rocket Sci's picture

I believe that was a mix of sarcasm and taunting the guy who loves to prove people wrong. If you say he won't do all of that, and he is as competitive as he seems, then maybe he will? Or maybe I'm crazy for trying to decipher the mystery of Bass lol

"Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence" - Calvin Coolidge

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spqr2008's picture

Best said in Comic Book Guy's voice.

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buckguyfan1's picture

He has Krenzelness++ written all over him.  Go for it kid!

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NuttyBuckeye's picture

When Krenzel committed to OSU, I was able to get to about four of his games while he was in high school in Utica, MI.  This young man had a that special "it" factor and you could tell he was a winner.  If this young man can be like Craig, he could be fun to watch while at Ohio State.

What's round on the ends and high in the middle? Tell me if you know!

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IGotAWoody's picture

I'm detecting more of a Joe Germaine vibe, if he can continue to be accurate. He's got a quick release.

“The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination.” ~Carl Rogers

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NuttyBuckeye's picture

Heck, I will take that!  I thought Joe was one of our more unsung heroes - he split time and still had excellent numbers.

What's round on the ends and high in the middle? Tell me if you know!

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BeijingBucks's picture

Love reading about our classy recruits... On the backdrop of arrests spreading through the South. 

'extending the play' he considers his strength! Awesome. I still have fond memories of Troy smith spinning out of a mich sack and lofting it downfield to a now open receiver. 

None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license. ~ John Milton

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buckeyedude's picture

I still have fond memories of Troy smith spinning out of a mich sack and lofting it downfield to a now open receiver. 

Are you talking about that Polish kid, Brian Robiskie?



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buckeyeradar's picture

Nice kid.  Good athlete with an even better attitude who wants to be a Buckeye.

I may not be the sharpest crayon in the box but I'm one of the most colorful.

buckeyedexter's picture

I think the staff has done a great job recruiting JT Barrett, Stephen Collier  and Joe Burrow.  They all seem like high character guys who will be good leaders.  It will be exciting to see the compete and to see who wins that starting role.

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sivaDavis's picture

Kid reminds me of Utah Alex Smith, and that is exactly what Ohio State needs. Guy that can get playmakers the ball but can also bust off a 10 yard run every now and then. Think he's coming in at a great time. So glad he's a Buckeye.

"I've had smarter people around me all my life, but I haven't run into one yet that can outwork me. And if they can't outwork you, then smarts aren't going to do them much good." - Woody Hayes

PasadenaBuckeye626's picture

I have a lot of respect for Burrow.

Go Bucks!

jamesrbrown322's picture

I love the understated confidence that this conversation exudes.

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

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Rob Reese's picture

Welcome to the family.

Alumni lounge attracts pretty people
tennbuckeye19's picture

Sounds like a great kid. Can't wait to see him throwing touchdown passes in the future.

Poison nuts's picture

Solid stuff from a solid kid. All good answers & I really liked one in particular...It'll be a while, but like most here, I'm look forward to seeing what he'll do at OSU.

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

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Sims_tOSU's picture

I love the competitive attitude. I'm really hoping one of these kids (from 2014.15,16,17) are Urbans next alex smith. They all, hoping Haskins joins, can sling the ball extremely well! 

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rjsmitty's picture

Play at 2:10 he shy's away from contact!

On a serious note...love everything about this kid. Another 3* that will do great things at tOSU!!

"I don't wanna coach average! To hell with that!"  -UFM

OSUFlash's picture

That's no ordinary Joe.


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RBuck's picture

"Our goal is to win a national championship and if we don't accomplish, that we will be disappointed more than anyone else. Buckeye nation is crazy, and I love it, and I appreciate all of your support."

Spoken like a true Buckeye. You get it Joe. 

Long live the southend.

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