Joe Burrow left Ohio State seeking a starting quarterback job at another major program. Was the former four-star recruit promised a starting gig by his new school, though?
Sports Illustrated has a deep dive on Burrow's decision to transfer to LSU. The former Buckeyes' quarterback chose the Tigers over Cincinnati and North Carolina, among other programs.
The report says that Burrow was not promised a starting gig.
Orgeron said he did not promise Burrow the job but had heard other programs did. (The Bearcats were the only other school the quarterback visited.) Still, at LSU Burrow’s path to the starting job appears relatively clear. “He obviously saw that there’s not an established quarterback, and he took the opportunity,” Orgeron said.
Burrow will compete against second-year players and previous four-star signees Myles Brennan and Lowell Narcisse and redshirt junior Justin McMillan, a Texas native who is scheduled to graduate in July and could potentially transfer elsewhere to play immediately, as Burrow did.
Burrow would not have transferred to LSU if he wasn't extremely confident in his chances to win the starting quarterback job, but it is interesting that the Tigers didn't straight up promise him the job.
The former Ohio State quarterback played well in backup duty in 2016. He was relegated to third-string duty in 2017 after suffering a hand injury in the preseason.
LSU opens its season on a major stage. The Tigers are set to take on Miami on Sunday, Sept. 2 at 7:30 p.m. E.T.