Joey Burrow is on track to buck one trend but Ohio State fans will be happier to see him turn another of its head in the future.
Burrow, a four-star prospect from Athens, verbally committed Tuesday and is set to become (in February) the first Southeast Ohio signee since Drew Basil of Chillicothe in 2010 and the 10th Buckeye recruit from the region going back to Buster Howe in the class of 1988.
But maybe more daunting is the recent quarterback legacy he is signing up for. From 1988 through 2010 (the last class before current starter Braxton Miller), Ohio State signed 26 players listed on signing day as quarterbacks with only six of those players drafted and none higher than the third round*.
Troy Smith, listed as an “athlete” on signing day, bumps up both of those numbers by one (to 7 of 27), but the latter shrinks by two when accounting for the two of those quarterback signees — Steve Bellisari and Preston Harrison — who were drafted as defensive players.
The numbers are even more stark when looking strictly at the 14 Ohio quarterbacks signed by the Buckeyes as Smith is the only drafted Ohio State QB from the Buckeye State since Bobby Hoying, who signed in 1991. Smith was a fifth-round choice in the 2007 draft. Of course, Miller (a Huber Heights Wayne product) hopes to change that next spring, something he figures to do if he can stay healthy this fall and continue honing his accuracy and decision-making.
*This includes Terrelle Pryor, a supplemental draft pick, because selecting him cost the Raiders the equivalent of a third-round pick in the following spring draft.
UPDATE: Scout.com posted a five-minute highlight tape for Burrow that reveals a guy with an interesting skill set. He has a smooth delivery, solid mechanics in his drops and displays pretty good quickness in tight areas. Keeps his eyes down the field as he scrambles. I’m particularly impressed by how he cuts on grass. Maybe not a rocket for an arm, but he throws a pretty deep ball.