An obscure reference, I know. But if you watched as many games and highlights as I did, you saw plenty of Griffin in 2008. On top of that, you were probably wondering why his fellow freshman classmate, Terrelle Pryor, was not putting up the same dual purpose numbers.
Don't get me wrong, I would not trade Pryor for anyone, but I certainly hope that the parallels between Kenny Guiton and Griffin match. While they attended high school 217 miles apart, the recruiting similarities are more cogent.
Both Guiton and Griffin were considered the eighth best quarterback in the state of Texas in their year of graduation, graded roughly the same by the major recruiting houses, and were generally overlooked by the name-brand programs.
Is Guiton going to post Griffin-esque stats in year one, too? Extremely doubtful, but that does not diminish my hope that the Buckeyes snagged a diamond in the rough.
If my comparison to a lone, seldom-known dual threat quarterback toiling at Baylor provides no solace for you, perhaps the litany of other acclaimed Texas passers will help persuade you.
For the last several years, it has been virtually impossible to ignore the nationwide success of signal-callers from Texas. In 2006 alone, Texas yielded Matt Stafford, Jevan Snead, Todd Reesing, and Christian Ponder.
Not bad for one year from one state.
And that is not even mentioning all the other Texas QBs like Colt McCoy, Graham Harrrell, and Chase Daniel.
Guiton may go the way of Schoenhoft and Henton—scared off by younger, more celebrated quarterback recruits—but if the Buckeyes were going to take a flyer on a quarterback I am certainly glad it is on a dual threat kid from Texas.