Ohio State's information underbelly erupted Wednesday morning when a man with 722 Twitter followers reported hearing " some rumors" about backup quarterback Joe Burrow transferring:
Hearing some rumors about Joey Burrow transferring out of Ohio State. He seemed to be doing well. If true, that's one closer to 85.— Mark Cerimele (@RealMarkCerimel) January 18, 2017
Like all good rumors, it played on the surface. With J.T. Barrett's return, Burrow finds himself sandwiched between the record-breaking vet and the highly-touted pair of Dwayne Haskins and Tate Martell, with five-star dual-threat QB Emory Jones potentially arriving next year as well.
The most likely landing spot in this scenario is Ohio University. Burrow is also from Athens, and Burrow's father, Jimmy, coordinates the Bobcats' defense.
To give you a metric on how this played out, a forum post entitled "Joe Burrow transferring?" registered 205 comments as of this writing—by far Eleven Warriors' most popular thread of the day.
However, it looks like Burrow's impending transfer caught Burrow off guard. Wednesday afternoon, he declared his intentions to stay at Ohio State:
Lol guys I'm not transferring— Joey Burrow (@Joe_Burrow10) January 18, 2017
Burrow, a 2015 four-star prospect, enters 2017 as a redshirt sophomore. Should he not change his mind between now and 2018, he would be in prime position to take over Barrett's vacated mantle as a redshirt junior.