LSU and Cincinnati Granted Permission To Contact Joe Burrow, Per Report

By Dan Hope on May 8, 2018 at 6:46 pm
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Two schools are already in the process of trying to recruit graduate transfer quarterback Joe Burrow following his decision to transfer from Ohio State on Tuesday.

According to a report by Sports Illustrated's Andy Staples, LSU and Cincinnati have each been granted permission to contact Burrow.

LSU had a three-way quarterback competition this spring between Myles Brennan, Lowell Narcisse and Justin McMillan, but did not name a starter coming out of spring. According to The Advocate's Ross Dellenger, LSU coach Ed Orgeron said last week that it is "very possible" the Tigers could bring in a transfer quarterback, while LSU offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger told each of the three quarterbacks who competed this spring that they had not done enough to win the starting job.

Cincinnati, meanwhile, has an established starting quarterback in Hayden Moore, who is entering his third season as the Bearcats' top signal-caller. Burrow could be viewed as an upgrade, though, and Cincinnati head coach Luke Fickell already knows Burrow well, having been a defensive coordinator at Ohio State for Burrow's first two years in Columbus. 

Should Burrow end up at Cincinnati, it's possible he could return to Ohio Stadium as a fifth-year senior, as the Bearcats are scheduled to play the Buckeyes in the second week of the 2019 season (Sept. 7). Despite the possibility of Burrow eventually facing the Buckeyes, though, Meyer has still granted his former assistant's program permission to recruit him.

Burrow, who has two remaining seasons of eligibility and is eligible to play immediately after graduating from Ohio State on Sunday, is expected to seek an opportunity where he can start right away this fall.

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