Ohio State's 2018 starting quarterback competition appears to have been settled. Only one of the two main QBs competing for the job remain on the Buckeyes' roster. Joe Burrow announced this afternoon his intentions to transfer out of the program.
"After weeks of struggling with this decision, I have decided to leave Ohio State and explore other options. My teammates and coaches all know the love I feel for them. I will decide where I will play next year in the coming weeks," he announced on Twitter.
It's not official yet, but this almost certainly means that redshirt sophomore Dwayne Haskins will be the team's starter in 2018. Haskins was the backup in 2017 and most saw him as the favorite to win the job this year. Tate Martell is likely going to play a role this season, too, but he's probably a year or two away from starting.
Haskins reacted to the Burrow news on Twitter. He wished his former teammate well.
"Good luck to you brotha! Appreciate you for making me better, see you at the top," he wrote.
Sports Illustrated college football insider Bruce Feldman says that he had heard that Ohio State's quarterbacks were extremely close and supportive of each other. He's not suprised to see Haskins' classy response.
"One thing I heard a lot of from the players I spoke to when I visited Ohio State a few weeks ago was how close and supportive the other Buckeye QBs were of each other in the competition. Not surprised to see Dwayne Haskins tweet something like this to Joe Burrow," he tweeted.
There's a chance we could see Burrow and Haskins facing off on the field in 2018 or 2019. Here are some of the major programs being mentioned as contenders.