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J.T. Barrett Would've Committed To This School Over Ohio State

A closeup of J.T. Barrett during an Ohio State game.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 02: Quarterback J.T. Barrett #16 of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on against the Wisconsin Badgers during the Big Ten Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

How different would the past couple of college football seasons have been if J.T. Barrett had just been offered a scholarship by his home-state school? Probably very, very different.

Barrett, a Texas native, was a pretty big recruit coming out of high school, but the Longhorns never offered him a scholarship. If they had, he surely would've committed there.

But they didn't, and Tom Herman - then at Ohio State - made him a priority for the Buckeyes. The rest is history (said history includes a national title season).

247Sports' Chris Hummer imagined today what would've been if Barrett had received that Texas scholarship.

From 247Sports:

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."

Texas, as it turns out, could've really used a QB of Barrett's quality. The Longhorns, in the four years following Barrett's redshirt season in 2013, started five different quarterbacks. During Barrett's five-year tenure at Ohio State, Texas also employed three different head coaches. Tom Herman's initial 2017 effort in Austin almost certainly would've been different with Barrett, a redshirt senior, under center. After all, Herman leaned on Barrett in 2014 as Ohio State's offensive coordinator. As for Ohio State without Barrett, things would've likely shifted drastically. Do the Buckeyes win their 2014 national title without Barrett taking over for an injured Braxton Miller? Maybe. After all, Cardale Jones wowed in three postseason games that year. But Barrett's career is far more than that 2014 run. He was a steady presence for the Buckeyes throughout, finishing with a school-record 38 wins. In terms of the 2017 season, Barrett both wowed and frustrated those in Columbus. Some might even argue the Buckeyes would've been better off without him as a senior due to his inefficiencies as a downfield passer. The polarization of Barrett's career makes him such a fascinating subject.

This was part of a 10 "what ifs" feature by Hummer.

You can view the full post here.