Who is Joe Burrow — and what are chances he lands at LSU?
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Question of the Day: Tuesday, May 8
On Tuesday morning, Ohio State quarterback Joe Burrow announced his intention to continue his playing career elsewhere. As noted by SEC Country’s Sam Spiegelman, LSU is a school that very well could play a role in Burrow’s future.
That brings us to a multi-part question of the day.
Who is Joe Burrow, and what are the chances that he will end up at LSU?
Burrow signed with Ohio State as the No. 8 dual-threat quarterback in the Class of 2015, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. You may have heard of the player he was ranked four spots ahead of — future Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson. (For what it’s worth, potential LSU starter Justin McMillan was ranked No. 35 in that group.)
Burrow played sparingly as a redshirt freshman, getting some garbage-time minutes in games the Buckeyes won 77-10, 48-3, 58-0, 62-3 and 62-3. He was poised to back up J.T. Barrett once again in 2017, but broke his right hand in training camp and fell down the depth chart. Burrow was in a spring battle with Dwayne Haskins to be Ohio State’s starter. Haskins was perceived to have the edge, so Burrow is looking to spend his final two years of eligibility elsewhere.
According to Land of 10’s Ryan Donnelly, LSU is among the top 3 schools on Burrow’s wish list. The others are Florida and Nebraska.
On the surface, the Tigers would seem to have the third-best odds of landing Burrow. Florida may have even more uncertainty behind center than LSU at the moment, and new Gators coach Dan Mullen is a protégé of current Ohio State coach Urban Meyer. Burrow presumably would adjust well to that offense.
The Nebraska connection is familial. Burrow’s father and stepbrothers all played for the Cornhuskers. However, new coach Scott Frost may prefer building from the ground up rather than bringing in a transfer. If that’s truly the case, then LSU probably would rank with Florida as the most likely landing spot. Expect the Tigers receiving corps to be a major selling point in their push.
Late Tuesday afternoon, it was confirmed that LSU and Cincinnati have both been granted permission to contact Burrow. Former Ohio State defensive coordinator Luke Fickell is entering his second season as Cincinnati’s head coach, so there is an already established relationship with Burrow.
It’s far too early to call anyone a favorite in this process, but LSU will definitely be a factor in Burrow’s decision.
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