With Braxton Miller reportedly willing to switch positions, the Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback competition is down to Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett. Many people believe Jones will win the starting job, but don’t sleep on Barrett.
At the Elite 11 camp, Barrett reportedly blew away the receivers he was throwing to, who said he was “the best college QB throwing to them,” and a number of coaches took notice of his talents.
Quarterbacks like Cody Kessler, Christian Hackenberg, Josh Dobbs and Deshaun Watson were also in attendance at the camp, so that’s some high praise.
According to ESPN’s Travis Haney, the belief is that Barrett will eventually become the Buckeyes starter like he was last season until his injury.
“Even though [Cardale] Jones would seem to have the lead right now simply because he’s the healthiest, several college coaches familiar with the situation — and who know Barrett — believe he’ll eventually win back the job he held for the majority of the 2014 season,” Haney wrote.
“The high school QB prospects [at Elite 11] mentioned him first when asked about the college QBs.”
Jones has the upper hand currently because he is the most healthy, but if Barrett is able to live up to the hype that he is receiving from coaches and fellow players then it wouldn’t be shocking to see him under center before the season is over.
All in all, the quarterback competition at Ohio State may be much closer than we knew. And that is a great problem for the Buckeyes to have.
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