Here's how former Ohio State quarterbacks fared after they transferred

Joey Kaufman
OSU quarterback Matthew Baldwin (12) throws a pass during The Ohio State Spring Game at the Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on April 13, 2019. [Brooke LaValley]

Five of the past 10 high school quarterbacks to sign scholarship offers with Ohio State later transferred to other schools, part of a growing trend across college football. For the ex-Buckeyes passers, here’s how they fared elsewhere. 

Matthew Baldwin

After spring practice ended last month, Baldwin announced he was transferring in order to move closer to family in Texas.

Earlier this week, Baldwin settled on TCU, with its campus in Fort Worth sitting about a three-hour drive north of his hometown in Austin, where he prepped at the local powerhouse Lake Travis.

It was a fast departure. Baldwin had been at Ohio State for only a season, redshirting last fall, and had been in a quarterback competition earlier this offseason with Justin Fields.

Baldwin is expected to apply for a hardship waiver for immediate eligibility and jockey for playing time among a deep roster of quarterbacks, with seven already on the Horned Frogs' roster, including Alex Dalton who arrived earlier this offseason as a grad transfer from Kansas State.

Baldwin has yet to appear in a college game.

Tate Martell

One of the top recruits from the 2017 recruiting class, ranked as the second-best dual-threat quarterback by 247Sports, Martell was once seen as the likely successor to Dwayne Haskins Jr.

The succession plan changed in January when Ohio State coach Ryan Day brought in Fields as a transfer from Georgia. Weeks later, Martell transferred to Miami.

The NCAA approved his request for immediate eligibility in March.

To start for the Hurricanes this fall, Martell must beat out N'Kosi Perry, who started six games for them last season, as well as Jarren Williams.

Martell had some struggles during spring practice, but finished on a positive note in Miami's spring game in Orlando, according to the Miami Herald, completing six of 10 passes for 154 and two touchdowns.

Joe Burrow

About a year ago, Burrow was in the mix with Haskins to replace J.T. Barrett as the Buckeyes’ starting quarterback.

But after spring practice ended, Burrow departed as a grad transfer and landed at LSU.

The move paid off in one of the better cases for a transfer quarterback. Burrow had the chance to start and lead the Tigers to a 10-3 record, including a New Year’s Six bowl appearance, defeating Central Florida in the Fiesta Bowl. It was LSU’s first double-digit win season since 2013.

Burrow did not put up flashy numbers, but was effective, throwing for 2,894 yards, 16 touchdowns and five interceptions with a 57.8 completion percentage.

As he left Ohio State with two seasons of eligibility remaining, Burrow will be a fifth-year senior at LSU this fall.

Burrow will operate out of a new offense this season, expected to feature more run-pass option plays and spread concepts, with the arrival of new passing game coordinator Joe Brady.

Torrance Gibson

Among the recent transfers, Gibson has been well traveled.

At first signing with Ohio State as a dual-threat quarterback in 2015, including with Burrow in the same recruiting class, Gibson was moved to wide receiver. 

Gibson briefly transferred to Cincinnati in order to play quarterback in 2017, but it was a brief stay and he ended up at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College by the fall.

In seven junior college games, he completed 57 of 108 passes (52.8 percent) for 542 yards and four touchdowns with three interceptions. As a receiver, he also caught three passes for 85 yards and a touchdown.

Last year, he ended up in the CFL, signing with the Edmonton Eskimos. He remained listed on their roster as a wide receiver. Edmonton begins preseason games later this month.

Taylor Graham

After spending two seasons as a backup quarterback at Ohio State in 2010 and 2011, Graham went far west.  

He transferred to Hawaii in 2012.

Graham started six games as a junior in 2012 for the Warriors, then twice more as a senior before injury.

In his two seasons at Hawaii, he completed 58 of 122 passes (47.5 percent) for 595 yards and three touchdowns to six interceptions.

Graham is currently the quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator at Wheaton College, initially joining the NCAA Division III program in 2016 as a wide receivers coach. He attended high school in Wheaton, Ill.


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