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ESPN Analyst Thinks A College Football Power Could Wind Up Landing Joe Burrow

Joe Burrow speaking to reporters at ohio state

With his transfer announcement yesterday, Ohio State quarterback Joe Burrow became a hot commodity on the open market. Burrow is a grad transfer with two years of eligibility, making him even more attractive.

LSU and Cincinnati have reportedly received permission to speak with Burrow, and more schools will be following suit. He should have no shortage of suitors, but ESPN's Greg McElroy thinks a national power no one has mentioned could eventually be in the running for Burrow.

On ESPNU Radio this morning, McElroy suggested Burrow stay abreast of what's happening at Oklahoma involving Kyler Murray. Murray is in line to replace Baker Mayfield as the Sooners' starting quarterback, but there's a chance he could be drafted early in next month's MLB Draft, with an outside shot at being a first-round selection.

If that happens, Murray may choose to sign a contract and focus on baseball. That would leave OU dangerously thin at quarterback and potentially open up a space for Burrow.

McElroy said he would "100 percent" go to Oklahoma under those circumstances if he were Burrow.

"There's a school that nobody is talking about that I would consider and I would have at the top of my list, pending something that is going to go on here in a couple weeks, " McElroy said. "I would monitor the situation at Oklahoma very closely. If I was a graduate transfer and I was kind of not sure ... I don't have to make my intentions known immediately ... I would watch what happens with Kyler Murray very closely. Oklahoma has had a tremendous amount of success with quarterbacks that have transferred before. They of course are a program that’s ready to win today. They're relatively young on defense; that's a group that's going to get better. You're going to be surrounded by a remarkable supporting cast and you have a great quarterback coach in Lincoln Riley as your head coach."

You can hear McElroy's full quotes below.

Beyond Murray, Oklahoma has former four-star recruit Austin Kendall and walk-ons Connor McGinnis and Reece Clark. So yes, if Murray bolts, expect the Sooners to jump in the Burrow sweepstakes.

The question is, will Burrow still be available at that point?