The Plains (Ohio) 2015 QB Joe Burrow Getting Buckeye Interest

By Jeremy Birmingham on April 6, 2014 at 3:28p

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."


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ColdBuckeye's picture

He's the best HS QB that I've ever seen in person. 

Hovenaut's picture

Like the passing stats he put up last year, and the pic of him running with the ball seems to indicate he has some mobility.

Curious to know if Nebraska has had any contact/or has any interest given his family ties.

Jeremypreemo81's picture

The competion may not be the best but you cannot knock his athletic ability.  He can sling the rock and has the ability to pull it down and run.  I like him

buckeyeradar's picture

Thanks Birm.  Do you see anytime in the future when the Buckeyes go for a quarterback who distributes the ball to all the talent around him and steps back from being the main show?  I would love to see a great passer in the fold.

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BeijingBucks's picture

honestly don't see that happening in the immediate future of this offence.  The advantage of having an additional running threat the defence has to account for not to mention the requirement of some kind of run threat for the read option to even work...

you better find a pro style school to root for cause the Bucks ain't gonna be it for a while.  Penn State might work for ya?

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buckeyeradar's picture

I'm a buckeye.  I bleed scarlet and gray.  I've edited my comment to play nice.  I like Meyer's offensive approach, I just thought it would be nice to have one of the five quarterbacks who was a pure passer.  Take a hike with your PSU COMMENT.

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Jeremy Birmingham's picture

Why have five weapons on the field when you can have six? The Buckeyes want a quarterback who can distribute the ball all over the field and be a threat with his feet. They're not looking for a guy who can only run a 4.3, they want someone you have to scheme for on every play, and I'm board with that.

buckeyeradar's picture

I know this is late but what I meant by my comment was yes nice to have legs and run.  Of all the quarterbacks we have how many can really throw the ball.  If you don't have confidence in throwing you run.  Panic situation leads to losses and missed chances. In last year's losses to  Michigan State and Clemson we had a prevent defense against us and we couldn't take advantage of the situation because no self confidence in the passing game.  Panic created happy feet which limited your five and six choices to two, option or run.

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Raider6309's picture

Burrow is the best HS QB I've seen in person. I try to watch all the state games.

D3 playoffs 

Week 11 vs Logan Elm stats: 501 yards passing in a 74-55 win

Week 12 vs Tri Valley 290 yards passing(4tds) 90 yards rushing(2tds) in a 55-52 win

Week 13 vs Marion Franklin had 358 yards passing in a 38-7 loss. 200 yards of penalties. Lots of injuries from the tri valley game and athens has a very small line. Marion has the best line in the state. Athens had never won a playoff game before Burrow. He is 4-2 in the playoffs since he became the QB his sophomore year. Ohio State would be making a mistake if they don't give him an offer


iceburgSlimm's picture

Kid is the real deal..young Andrew Luck type. His dad is the def coord for Ohio so all he knows is X.s and O.s.

+1 HS