Ohio State's star quarterback probably should've ended up at a different school.
We're entering the home stretch of college football's 2018 recruiting cycle. National Signing Day is set for Wednesday.
With this huge recruiting period coming up, Chris Hummer of 247Sports wrote a cool piece on the biggest recruiting "what-ifs" in recent years. One of them focuses on J.T. Barrett.
Ohio State's most-accomplished quarterback ever is a Texas native. He probably should've ended up staying in-state.
That didn't happen, though. Hummer detailed what went down:
The final "Mack Brown didn't offer that QB" story during Brown's tenure in Austin, Barrett grew up rooting for the Longhorns but never received an offer during the 2013 cycle. Texas opted to accept a commitment from Tyrone Swoopes (6-foot-5, 230 pounds), a raw, small-town QB with a big arm and even bigger potential. Barrett would've committed to Texas if it offered, but that verbal extension never came.
Instead, Barrett went to Ohio State. There, he won a national title and set a myriad of Buckeye passing records over a four-year starting career. And if you're wondering if Barrett ever forgot about the Texas slight, check out what he had to say about the Longhorns when asked if Texas made a mistake following Ohio State's national title win over Oregon: "Shoot, you can tell 'em that. I don't need to tell 'em that. They saw the film. Talk to Mack Brown."
Mack Brown had a history of letting big-time college quarterbacks leave his state. Barrett was just one of the last ones to do it.
Ohio State fans can thank former assistant Tom Herman for getting Barrett to Columbus. Urban Meyer credits the Longhorns' head coach with Barrett's recruitment.
You can read the full list of "what-ifs" here.