By most "expert" accounts, the state of Ohio's 2015 quarterback class is below average, but that doesn't mean it's completely void of high-level talent. Joe Burrow, a 6-foot-4, 195 pounder from Athens High School in The Plains, Ohio, is beginning to stand out from the crowd.
The winner of Gatorade's Player of the Year following a 3700 yard, 46 touchdown junior campaign, Burrow has scholarship offers from Virginia Tech, Boston College, Cincinnati, Fresno State, NC State, Iowa State, West Virginia and more. Within the last week, the Buckeyes and quarterback coach Tom Herman have begun their initial look into Burrow.
This past weekend he made a visit to check out Ohio State. Burrow is not a native Ohioan, and subsequently, did not grow up dreaming of donning the scarlet and gray.
"I grew up a Nebraska fan," Burrow told 11W. "My brothers and my dad played for them and I used to live down there. Ohio State just contacted me the other day."
The Buckeyes are known for wanting to see quarterbacks throw in person before considering a scholarship offer, and Burrow said that was their message to him.
"They said they liked my improvement over the season (last year,)" he said of what's prompted the Buckeye interest. "He said they are interested and will come watch me in the spring. He said I am high on their list."
If the Buckeyes are to be high on Burrow's list, this weekend's visit was a good place to start.
"(The visit) was great," Burrow said of his day trip to Ohio State on Saturday. "I hung out with Coach Herman all day. They were very serious about what they do and that stood out to me."