Ohio State QB Joe Burrow announces transfer to LSU

Ohio State QB Joe Burrow announces transfer to LSU

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Ed Orgeron has his quarterback.

LSU will add Ohio State transfer Joe Burrow to the roster as a graduate transfer according to a report by Tom Groeschen of the Cincinnati Enquirer on Friday afternoon.

Sources at LSU could not confirm the report on late Friday afternoon.

Burrow, 6 foot 3, 215 pounds, will still have two years left of eligibility though he graduated in recent weeks from Ohio State in just three years. He can enroll at LSU in June and will immediately jump into a quarterback room with redshirt junior Justin McMillan, sophomore Myles Brennan and redshirt freshman Lowell Narcisse. But Burrow is the first of the group who Orgeron picked himself.

Burrow also visited Cincinnati and had been mentioned as a possibility at Nebraska, TCU and Florida. Now, he becomes the likely starting quarterback for the Tigers when LSU opens the season against Miami on Sept. 2 in Arlington, Texas.

None of LSU's scholarship quarterbacks took control of the race for LSU's starting position this spring. McMillan had the best spring game of the three, but each quarterback had his ups and downs.

"You've seen tonight what I've been talking about with all the quarterbacks," Orgeron said following the spring game April 21. "Sometimes they're doing well, sometimes they're not."

Burrow, who redshirted in 2015, spent his time at Ohio State behind J.T. Barrett and was in a battle for the starting position with Dwayne Haskins this spring. In his limited action in 2016 and 2017, Burrow had a combined 29-of-39 for 287 yards with two touchdowns, both of which came two seasons ago. He's also rushed 15 times for 53 yards and a touchdown.

Burrow made the decision to transfer to LSU after Ohio State coach Urban Meyer did not declare a winner in the quarterback competition between Burrow and Haskins. Last season, Haskins assumed backup duties to Barrett after Burrow injured his hand in the preseason.

Meanwhile, Orgeron accepted the full-time LSU coaching job in November 2016 and had to fight to hold on to commitments from Brennan and Narcisse, both of whom de-committed from LSU before eventually signing with the Tigers.

LSU pursued Parkway quarterback Justin Rogers and Lanier (Ala.) quarterback James Foster in the Class of 2018, but neither panned out. Rogers ended up signing with TCU, and Foster headed to Texas A&M.

And now, Orgeron and his coaching staff have put their eggs in the Class of 2019 basket going after St. Pius X (Texas) quarterback Grant Gunnell. Recently, they've put out offers to a pair of California four-star quarterbacks in Orange Lutheran's Ryan Hilinski and Cajon's Jayden Daniels.

Burrow was a four-star prospect coming out of Athens High School in 2015 in The Plains, Ohio, where he was a three-year starter.

As a senior, Burrow threw for 4,445 yards, 63 touchdowns and two interceptions while completing 72.3 percent of his passes. For his career, Burrow threw for 11,416 yards with 157 touchdowns and just 17 interceptions.

Burrow also showed off his legs in high school. He rushed for 836 yards and 13 touchdowns as sophomore, 589 yards and nine touchdowns as a junior and 642 yards and five touchdowns as a senior, maintaining a career rushing average of 5.6 yards per carry while having a long of at least 56 yards in every season.