Athens QB picks Ohio State

Four-star signal-caller becomes third Buckeye verbal commitment for 2015

Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer (right) picked up a verbal commitment from a potential future replacement for quarterback Braxton Miller (left). 

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Athens, Ohio High School quarterback Joey Burrow has decided he'll play college football at Ohio State. lists Burrow at 6'4, 190 and lists him as a four-star prospect and the No. 26 quarterback prospect nationally in the class of 2015.

Burrow becomes Ohio State's first 2015 commitment since February and just the third overall. Urban Meyer's previous two classes featured more early commitments; it's possible that the young talent already on the roster is giving recruits looking for early or immediate playing time reason to at least look elsewhere.

Meyer will still sign a full class, and history says it will also be a good one. The Buckeyes will be back to the full 85 scholarship limit for 2015 after sanctions that set it back to 82 expire.

After Burrow announced his decision on Twitter, Buckeyes director of player personnel Mark Pantoni tweeted that "a leader has stepped up" with a picture of dominoes falling.

With Braxton Miller set to play his fourth and final season in 2014 and no clear-cut leader to be his successor, the Buckeyes will probably sign another quarterback in the 2015 class in addition to Burrow. Last winter, the Buckeyes got a commitment from Massillon class of 2017 quarterback Danny Clark.

Burrow threw for 3,700 yards and 46 touchdowns last year for Athens, which is neither a traditional football power nor is it in a traditional hot recruiting area. Burrow is set to become just the 10th player from Southeast Ohio to sign with the Buckeyes in the last 28 years.

Burrow's father is Ohio University assistant head coach and defensive coordinator Jimmy Burrow, a former Nebraska player who's been in coaching since long before Joey was born. Joey's older brothers, Jamie and Dan, also played at Nebraska.

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