Joe Burrow transfer update: the outgoing Ohio State quarterback is drawing plenty of interest. Burrow is leaving Columbus amid a battle for the starting job with Dwayne Haskins. He may not go far.
Burrow is an attractive option for a number of schools as a graduate transfer. While he will be immediately eligible, he still has two years of eligibility remaining. He looked pretty good in limited time on the field for the Buckeyes, while backing up J.T. Barrett.
On Thursday, he reportedly made the trip down to Cincinnati. The Bearcats are coached by longtime Ohio State assistant Luke Fickell, who obviously has a good idea of what he can do.
He’ll be in LSU, which has needed a quarterback for years now, this weekend. The two are the early favorites to land him.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) May 9, 2018
Even if Cincinnati was the destination for the upcoming Joe Burrow transfer, there is no guarantee that he would step in and start.
The Bearcats have a returning starter in Hayden Moore. Last year, he completed 239 of 424 passes for 2,562 yards and 20 touchdowns, while rushing for four more.
LSU is expected to start Myles Brennan, with Danny Etling off to the NFL. As a freshman, he completed 14-of-24 throws for 182 yards, a touchdown, and two interceptions.
The Tigers may have the more direct path to the starting job. However, Cincinnati is more local for the Ohio native, and likely a more familiar situation with Fickell.
He is not the only former Meyer assistant that could potentially be interested. Florida, now coached by Meyer’s former UF offensive coordinator Dan Mullen, has been floated as a possibility. He doesn’t seem terribly interested in a graduate transfer quarterback, though. From SEC Country:
“No, it really hasn’t. One of the things we do is we look, we evaluate everybody that may transfer as grad transfers and we try to look and say hey, what’s the need, how do they fit our program? Are they a one-year or two-year transfer? That’s a big deal too because you’re looking short-term, long-term. So it really hasn’t changed for us.”
The two-year transfer might make him a bit more attractive to a place like Florida, but obviously he didn’t play for Mullen like he did Fickell. We should know where Burrow will end up in the coming weeks, as he’ll want to get as much time as he can to try and win the job.