Wednesday, April 3, 2013
A look at six QBs not named Watson
By Brad Bournival
Ohio State is picky about offering quarterbacks from the Class of 2014. It has only sent one out to Deshaun Watson (Gainesville, Fa./Gainesville). That has been well documented.
The Buckeyes would likely take a commitment from Texas pledge Jerrod Heard (Denton, Texas/John H. Guyer), should he decide to reopen his recruitment.
Virginia quarterback Caleb Henderson impressed at OSU's Friday Night Lights and should be back for another camp.
Here are the other six quarterbacks Ohio State is looking at right now. It should be noted, the Buckeyes want to see these juniors throw live -- whether in a camp or on the school’s campus -- before offering.
Offers: Boston College, Illinois, Maryland, Miami (Fla.), Michigan State, North Carolina, Purdue, Virginia, Virginia Tech
The skinny: He was at Ohio State's Friday Night Lights camp and excelled. The Buckeyes told the 6-foot-3, 222-pound QB that they want to see him at another camp, and it looks like he agreed to come back.
Offers: Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisville, Miami (Fla.), Mississippi State, North Carolina, Ole Miss, Purdue, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Western Kentucky
The skinny: Barker has long coveted an Ohio State offer. That said, the SEC has hit the 6-4, 205-pound Barker hard with offers, thus putting the junior quarterback farther away in OSU's rearview mirror.
Offers: Alabama, Arkansas, Boston College, Bowling Green, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisville, LSU, Michigan State, Nebraska, North Carolina, Northwestern, Penn State, Purdue, Rutgers, Syracuse, Tennessee, Toledo
The skinny: The 6-5, 208-pound Kizer has recently picked up a rash of offers. It is thought he’s still holding out for an offer from Ohio State. As stated above, he’ll need to come to camp if that offer is to become a reality.
Offers: Arizona State, Boston College, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Nebraska, North Carolina, Southern Miss, Syracuse
The skinny: Again, the 6-1, 190-pound Ulmer has to get on campus for a closer look. Ohio State has interest, but the Buckeyes will slow-play the quarterback position until they are satisfied they have the right prospect for an offer.