If a quarterback controversy brews with two, what do you call it when five are fighting for the ball?
A year removed from the battle under center between Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett in 2015, Barrett has a firm grip on the quarterback reins in Columbus this coming season. But another quarterback controversy seems to be stewing for 2017, and this one could be even more difficult for the Buckeyes to navigate.
Once Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) quarterback Tate Martell announced his commitment to Ohio State for 2017, the signal-calling waters got a whole lot murkier, what with former Athens (The Plains, Ohio) QB Joey Burrow already on the roster, current Bullis School (Potomac, Md.) senior QB Dwayne Haskins headed to campus in the fall and Archbishop Hoban (Massillon, Ohio) junior QB Danny Clark also committed in 2017.
And that’s not all. Heard County (Franklin, Ga.) sophomore Emory Jones — the No. 2 dual-threat quarterback in 2018 — just named Ohio State his favorite after visiting Columbus this week, according to 247Sports.
“They’ve been my dream school since I was growing up and Braxton Miller’s been my favorite quarterback,” Jones told the recruiting website at the tail end of his two-day visit on Tuesday afternoon. “I love the university here, I just love everything they have to offer me. I love coach Meyer and I love Braxton Miller just by what he had done in their offense. It was just what I like.”
Jones will visit Clemson and Tennessee this week before making a decision later this month, he told 247Sports.
Barrett remains a redshirt junior, so technically he could come back for his senior season in 2017, but he’s currently projected as a late-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. If he leaves after this coming season, Ohio State’s roster could feature four potential first-year starting quarterbacks next year and another potentially on the way in 2018. Forget a controversy, Urban Meyer could have a full-blown mutiny on his hands in 2018.