Ohio State Football Recruiting: Buckeyes Grab First QB Commit Under Meyer

Tyler Waddell@Tyler_WaddellCorrespondent IIApril 18, 2012

Wichita Falls (Tex.) quarterback J.T. Barrett of Rider High School officially announced his verbal commitment Wednesday afternoon to play football for the Ohio State Buckeyes come fall of 2013, according to ESPN.

The 4-star prospect was named District Offensive Player of the Year and received an Honorable Mention All-State award after completing nearly 60 percent of his passes while compiling 1,846 total yards and 14 touchdowns his junior season.

At 6'2", 205 pounds, Barrett is a little undersized for his position. However, his ability to spread the field—whether it be with his elite passing consistency or mobility on the ground—makes him a gem for coaches that run a spread offense.


By the time Barrett arrives to Columbus, current starter Braxton Miller will be a junior. Whether he decides to leave early for the NFL or not is undetermined, but either way, it puts Barrett in the perfect situation to sit back and learn the offense while developing as the total package quarterback.

Before giving the nod to Ohio State, the dual-threat QB held offers from Arizona, Baylor, LSU, Nebraska, North Texas, Oklahoma, Texas and Texas Tech.

Barrett joins nine other commits for Urban Meyer's extremely impressive class of 2013 recruits.

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