Thursday, February 5, 2015

BUCKEYES ADD TWO MORE QBS TO AN ALREADY LOADED STABLE

Joey Burrow (AP)
When it comes to the quarterback position, Ohio State may have a monopoly.

With three of the best signal callers in the nation season currently on their roster — Cardale Jones, J.T. Barrett and Braxton Miller — you would think the task of Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer persuading great high school quarterbacks to choose the Buckeyes at the moment would be as difficult as taking down the top two teams in the country in consecutive games.

Well, we know Meyer has done the latter ... now he's accomplished the former.

On Wednesday, the Buckeyes inked two of the top prep quarterbacks in the nation, as Torrance Gibson (American Heritage HS/Plantation, Fla.) and Joey Burrow (Athens HS/Athens, Oh.) signed up to join Meyer's loaded quarterback stable in Columbus.

Gibson, a five-star prospect according to ESPN, selected the Buckeyes on Wednesday morning after months of speculation he'd choose either Auburn, LSU or hometown Miami because of the logjam at Ohio State.

However, those other programs didn't interest the dual-threat passer as much as getting an opportunity to compete for the defending national champions.

"(Ohio State's) giving me an opportunity to play quarterback," Gibson said following his announcement Wednesday. "I know I'm not going to go there and start right away. I have to earn my spot and that's exactly what I want, an opportunity to compete for the position. 

"I'm going to go in there, from day one, and I'm going to compete."

Burrow, a four-star prospect by ESPN and Ohio's reigning Mr. Football, also selected the Buckeyes over the likes of Michigan and others, who were trying to sell him on the idea that he could play sooner if he joined their program over Ohio State.

"I never wavered," Burrow said Wednesday. "It was a long process, especially with people trying to flip me (from the Buckeyes). I'm excited to go to Ohio State and have this part over with."

Asked why he decided to go with Ohio State, as opposed to going to another place where he could get playing time right away, Burrow pointed to his new head coach.

"Why Ohio State?" Burrow said. "Coach Meyer's rapport with quarterbacks. He's had several Heisman finalists and won national championships. 

"What he does, it works."

BUCKEYES BEAT WOLVERINES AGAIN ... It was no secret that Burrow was high on new Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh's wish list, but perhaps the greatest prized recruit on his radar was All-American running back Mike Weber out of Detroit's Cass Tech High School.

Weber decided to play for Michigan's rivals to the south, as well.

"I don't know how long it would take for Michigan to be back on top," Weber said following his announcement Wednesday. "I really don't know.

"But I know Ohio State. They proved they can do it."

Early playing time, his relationship with Buckeyes star running back Ezekiel Elliott and the reputation of Meyer developing players for the next level, helped make the decision much simpler for the coveted Weber.

"I've got a really good relationship with Zeke Elliott," Weber said. "He told me he's leaving after this year. I'm going to come in and work as hard as I can. I'm pretty sure I am going to be playing a lot (this fall) ... "

"(Meyer) is a winner. And he knows how to get guys to the NFL."

As for steering another prospect away from Ann Arbor, Meyer didn't pull any punches.

"We keep score against our rivals in everything we do," Meyer said Wednesday.

As of right now, the Buckeyes are winning in a blowout.