Another day, another out-of-state recruit that wants to attend The Ohio State University next fall. Ohio State has already had success this recruiting campaign in states outside of its traditional reach, bringing Marcus Baugh and Ezekiel Elliott into the fold from California and Missouri respectively. It continued this afternoon when JT Barrett, a dual-threat quarterback from Wichita Falls, Texas, committed to Urban Meyer over the phone.
While it appears (at first glance, at least) that a lot of these out-of-state kids are committing to Urban Meyer as much as they are committing to the program in total, it is actually quarterback coach Tom Herman that should get a lot of praise for this one. Aside from being qualified for the position (a marked departure from his predecessor), Herman has ten years of experience — and ten years of networks/contacts — coaching collegiately in the state of Texas. He was, unsurprisingly, Barrett’s main recruiter, which follows Herman’s regional obligations and positional commitments.
It led to an on-campus visit last month, where Barrett got the whole tour. He even remarked that it was the first time he had seen a library that tall, within which you can get a good panoramic view of the university and the university district. After noting that he wanted to pray on it, he ultimately pulled the trigger this afternoon.
There will always be divergence between recruiting rankings, but Barrett is basically a top 5 quarterback at the position and is #1 in 247Sports recruiting rankings among dual threat quarterbacks. This is good, because quarterback is a position of need for Ohio State in this class. We should still have about two more years of Braxton Miller after this season, but his backup, Kenny G(uiton), will be a senior when Barrett enrolls. Further, it seems unlikely that Cardale Jones is the type of quarterback that Meyer wants. So, Meyer needed a quarterback in this class, and needed a good one. He got it. Further, he might sign another as insurance, which would probably be Mitch Trubisky from Mentor, Ohio.
Film comes after the jump.