ARLINGTON, Texas – Matthew Baldwin, who on Wednesday signed a letter-of-intent with Ohio State, injured his knee on the first play of scrimmage in his team’s state championship game on Saturday.
On the first snap of Lake Travis’ Conference 6A Division I title game against undefeated Allen at AT&T Stadium, Baldwin dropped back to pass when his right knee buckled. The ball came loose and Allen returned the fumble for a touchdown.
Baldwin stayed on the turf while medical staff tended to him. Eventually, he walked gingerly to the sideline. There was no word of the nature or extent of the injury.
Baldwin injured his knee late in Lake Travis’ 28-14 semifinal victory over Katy last week. On Tuesday, Cavaliers coach Hank Carter told The Dispatch he was confident that Baldwin would be able to play in the finals.
A one-year starter, Baldwin is a late addition to Ohio State’s 2018 recruiting class. Emory Jones was a longtime commitment, but when he wavered, the Buckeyes began looking for alternatives.
Lake Travis is a logical place to look. Baldwin is the seventh straight quarterback from the Austin school to sign with a power-five program, a list that includes Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield.
The last Ohio State quarterback from Texas also had his senior season cut short by a knee injury. J.T. Barrett missed most of his final season at Wichita Falls Rider and redshirted as a freshman at Ohio State.
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