Former Ohio State quarterback Matthew Baldwin will transfer to TCU, he told 247Sports on Tuesday.

Baldwin entered the NCAA transfer portal the week after Ohio State’s spring game, saying that he’d gone through a difficult time personally. He wanted to return closer to his family’s home in Austin, Texas. TCU’s campus in Fort Worth is about 200 miles north of Austin.

“I visited this past weekend and I had an awesome time,” Baldwin told 247Sports.

Baldwin competed with Justin Fields at quarterback this spring. Fields, a five-star prospect, was considered a heavy favorite for the job after his arrival as a transfer from Georgia in January. But Ohio State coaches steadfastly maintained that the competition had not been settled.

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Baldwin had the advantage of being at Ohio State for a year, though he spent most of it rehabbing from a torn ACL suffered at the end of his Lake Travis High School career. He impressed during bowl practice, though, and was considered at least to be in position to challenge for the starting job eventually.

Ohio State’s coaches were caught off guard when he decided to transfer. In the spring game, Baldwin threw 36 times, completing 20 for 246 yards and two touchdowns.

Baldwin’s departure left Ohio State with only Fields and graduate transfer Chris Chugunov as scholarship quarterbacks. In April, Dublin native Gunnar Hoak announced he would transfer from Kentucky to Ohio State as a graduate transfer. The Buckeyes also have added preferred walk-on JP Andrade from California to join fellow walk-on Danny Vanatsky.

Baldwin indicated that he will seek immediate eligibility from the NCAA, which recently has regularly granted waivers from the requirement mandating that players sit out for a year after transferring.

Like Ohio State, TCU has had a revolving door at quarterback. Shawn Robinson, who started for most of last year, including the Horned Frogs’ loss to Ohio State, transferred to Missouri.

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