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Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Ohio State offers quarterback No. 4

By Brad Bournival

If it’s a numbers game you’re looking for, Ohio State is now at four and two.

That would be four offers out to quarterbacks, with two offers going to freshmen who wouldn't even be on campus until the fall of 2016.

Following a strong NFTC camp in Orlando last weekend, the Buckeyes pulled the trigger and offered a scholarship to high school freshman Xavier Gaines (Frostproof, Fla./Frostproof).

Gaines joins 2014 QB Deshaun Watson (Gainesville, Ga./Gainesville), 2015 QB Kyler Murray (Allen, Texas/Allen) and 2015 QB Torrance Gibson (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage) as the only quarterbacks offered by Ohio State.

He also joins defensive end Nick Bosa (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas), who is the brother of 2013 signee Joey Bosa, as the only other individual from the Class of 2016 offered by the Buckeyes.

Gaines isn’t your prototypical freshman -- he is 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds. As you would expect, he’s also a dual-threat quarterback that can get things done.

While his Bulldogs struggled last season, Gaines did not. He threw for 1,050 yards and eight touchdowns in Frostproof’s run-heavy attack and carried the ball 86 times for 412 yards with eight more scores.

At the Orlando NFTC he showed strong on the intermediate routes and was quick with his reads.

“It’s kind of early to talk about 2016 kids now, but it will be here before you know it and Gaines is a guy that you probably want to make note of now,” ESPN national recruiting analyst Craig Haubert said after seeing him at the event.

Gaines has offers from Clemson, Florida, Florida State and Massachusetts, as well as the Buckeyes.