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Joe Burrow will compete for LSU's starting quarterback position in 2018. He has two seasons of eligibility remaining.

The Joe Burrow impact on LSU recruiting

Sam Spiegelman

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Philip, I wouldn’t read too much into this situation from a recruiting standpoint.

Ohio State graduate transfer quarterback Joe Burrow announced his intent to come to LSU last Friday evening. He’ll be on campus in June and join the competition along with Justin McMillan, Myles Brennan and Lowell Narcisse for the starting job, but he is in no way guaranteed to come out on top.

Burrow selected LSU over Cincinnati because of the way that spring football played out in Baton Rouge, where neither of the three quarterbacks on the team’s roster could truly separate from the pack. When looking at the opportunities available to him at LSU, it was clear that he could win the job during fall camp and wind up as the starter for the Week 1 tilt against Miami at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Because coach Ed Orgeron believes in constant competition, Burrow or any of the three current quarterbacks will not be named the starter until the end of camp. As prospects visit LSU beginning in June for camp, they will sit down with members of the staff to go over the offense regardless of whom is behind center. The key here is that in Steve Ensminger’s scheme, it’s adaptable to the personnel.

If and when Burrow can claim the job in August or September, then it’s a different story.

Should Burrow thrive at LSU and emerge as the long-awaited answer at quarterback, then offensive-minded recruits will clamor for the opportunity to play in this offense. Quarterbacks may see the changes in the passing game that have been promised for years. Consider wideouts that want to be on the receiving end of his passes. Running backs would be anxious to line up behind Burrow, who would force defenders not to load up the box. Linemen would enjoy blocking in a system that’s 50 percent run and 50 percent pass to show off their entire skill set.

This is all contingent on Burrow’s success, though.

Of the top targets remaining on the board, all will be keeping close tabs on how Burrow fares over the next few months leading into the season opener in North Texas. However, Burrow alone will not be the difference in victories on the recruiting trail. He would be one of the reasons why the offense had success in 2018, which would capture prospects’ attention. Although he has two years of eligibility remaining, Burrow very well could be one-and-done in Baton Rouge and declare for the NFL draft after a successful campaign at LSU, so his presence and his presence alone won’t carry too much weight with 2019 and 2020 prospects that may not have the opportunity to line up with him.

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