J.T. Barrett is rated by some publications as the number one dual threat quarterback in the nation. Heralding from the football talent rich state of Texas, Meyer and the Buckeyes were able to secure a commitment back in April with hopes that he we be the heir apparent successor to Braxton Miller. He took some time to answer questions for us.
Being from Texas, did the Longhorns try to recruit you?
JT: They did. They were the first camp I went to. I worked out for them and they were the school I was talking to first. But they ended up not offering and I was fine, if it were the best place for me to go then I would have been offered.
Being so close to the Oklahoma border, did the Sooners show any interest?
JT: They did, but they came into the game too late. They started talking to me around spring ball and it was too late.
Any other schools you were thinking about?
JT: Texas Tech, Baylor and Nebraska.
What factors made you chose OSU?
JT: They are a big family. I was raised in a big family all my life and both my mom and dad came from big families so I am use to being around a lot of people. My high school team is a big family so I wanted to go to a team that felt like a family. OSU also has lots of alumni everywhere so the OSU family is all over the world. Coach Meyer has also assembled one of the best coaching staffs in the country.
JT: He is a great coach. When I first got the offer from OSU I was thinking : "you want me to be your QB?” Ohio State is a great program so you take the offer seriously. You associate Urban Meyer with greatness and look at the players who have played for him: Tim Tebow, Percy Harvin, he has the best wherever he is at. I want to be part of the best. When you talk about big time coaches, Urban Meyer is at the top of the list.
Anyone in TX or elsewhere that you are trying to recruit to come to play with you?
JT: Ra’Shaad Samples a WR out of Dallas is someone I talk to. I also talk to Dontre Wilson.
Do you plan on graduating early?
JT: I plan on graduating on December, then heading up to Ohio State.
On your Facebook, you posted a picture of the “Block O” of life, which was instituted by Jim Tressel, is Urban Meyer continuing it?
JT: I believe so. When you walk into the Athletic building, it is right there. I thought it was really interesting; it is not just about being a great football player but being a great person too.
Thanks J.T. for your time and we look forward to following your career at Ohio State.