Urban Meyer and the Ohio State recruiting machine roll on as the country’s No. 1 dual-threat quarterback, JT Barrett (Wichita Falls, Texas/Rider), has committed to Ohio State.
Barrett threw for 1,605 yards and rushed for 1,521 during his junior season
"I feel Ohio State is the place for me," Barrett told 247Sports recruiting analyst Gerry Hamilton. "And I felt if I would have went somewhere else I would be missing out. So I wanted to be a part of the Buckeye family."
Barrett visited Ohio State near the end of March and came away with a great feeling about the Buckeyes. He told Bucknuts.com that Ohio State, LSU, Texas Tech and Nebraska were his top choices at that time and he would make another trip back to Ohio State, most likely in the summer.
Barrett was particularly impressed with the family environment at Ohio State. He has developed a great relationship with his future quarterback coach Tom Herman and hit it off very well with Meyer.
Barrett’s list of scholarship offers included Ohio State, Nebraska, LSU, Texas Tech, Arizona, Illinois, Ole Miss, Baylor, Kansas State and Mississippi State before he selected the Buckeyes.
The 6-foot-2 and 205-pound Barrett completed 102 of 171 passes for 1,605 yards during his junior season. He connected for 14 touchdowns with seven interceptions. Barrett also rushed for 1,521 yards and nine touchdowns.
Barrett is a 4-star prospect in the 247Sports rankings. He is the country’s No. 1 dual threat quarterback, the No. 38 overall prospect and the No. 7 prospect in the state of Texas.
Kurelic’s Comment: Barrett’s decision is a huge one for the Buckeyes. With Braxton Miller just a sophomore, Cardale Jones a freshman, and Barrett headed to Ohio State, the quarterback position looks great for years to come. And of course super athlete Jalin Marshall is headed to OSU. Marshall loves playing quarterback, but has the potential to be the Buckeyes' version of Percy Harvin.