Quarterback Joe Burrow has decided to transfer from the Ohio State football team, apparently leaving Dwayne Haskins Jr. as the starting quarterback for the 2018 season.
Burrow, who graduated from Ohio State on Sunday and thus can move to another school and play immediately with two seasons of eligibility remaining, announced his decision via social media on Tuesday.
“After weeks of struggling with this decision, I have decided to leave Ohio State and explore other options,” Burrow wrote on Twitter. “My teammates and coaches all know the love I feel for them.
“I will decide where I will play next year in the coming weeks.”
There was no immediate reaction from OSU coach Urban Meyer. But Haskins wrote on Twitter: “Good luck to you brotha! Appreciate you for making me better, see you at the top.”
Contacted by The Dispatch, Burrow said he didn’t want to guess where he might land, though recent media speculation suggested Florida and Nebraska are in play. Burrow’s father, Jim, is the defensive coordinator at Ohio University. He played at Nebraska and coached briefly there.
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“I’m kind of just waiting for schools to contact me at this point,” Burrow told The Dispatch. “I figured more schools will come into it after I announced it. I’m just waiting to see what I have in the fold.”
When asked whether he was looking for a place where there’s a chance to play immediately, Burrow did not hesitate with the answer.
“Absolutely,” he said.
Burrow, who was named Mr. Football of Ohio in his senior season at Athens High School in 2014, just completed his third year at OSU. He was the backup to J.T. Barrett in 2016, and was in the running for the backup job with Haskins last fall when he suffered a broken bone in his throwing hand.
Haskins and Burrow were said to be neck and neck through spring drills, and neither OSU coach Urban Meyer nor quarterbacks coach and coordinator Ryan Day named a leader, at least publicly.
Asked whether conversations with Day and/or Meyer led to his decision to transfer, Burrow said, “It was just my own decision. I’m not going to give you too much insight into it because it was kind of a personal decision.”
His departure leaves the Buckeyes with third-year sophomore Haskins, redshirt-freshman Tate Martell and freshman Matthew Baldwin as the scholarship QBs on the roster. Baldwin, part of the 2018 recruiting class and an early enrollee at OSU, is recovering from a knee injury he suffered in his school’s state-championship game last season in Texas.
Burrow said he was in no way eager to leave his teammates behind.
“It was hard,” he said of the decision-making process. “But I just feel like this is the right decision for my future.”