Another passer is on the market, as Ohio State quarterback Joe Burrow announced on Tuesday that he will seek to transfer out of Columbus, Ohio.
After weeks of struggling with this decision, I have decided to leave Ohio State and explore other options. My teammates and coaches all know the love I feel for them. I will decide where I will play next year in the coming weeks.
— Joey Burrow (@Joe_Burrow10) May 8, 2018
It’s obviously too early to tell where Burrow, who has two years of NCAA eligibility remaining, will continue his playing career. Florida has been labeled by many as a landing spot, but for the meantime, all bets are off.
So, what if Burrow decided to set his sights somewhere within the Big 12? Could Iowa State, coming off a surprisingly successful 8-5 mark in 2017, be in the contention to land the former backup for the Buckeyes?
It’s a thought that Cyclones fans can at least entertain for now, considering Burrow’s father is a former Iowa State assistant. Burrow was even recruited by the Cyclones while still in high school, albeit prior to the arrival of coach Matt Campbell. Those two factors were enough for 247Sports to label Ames as a destination that makes sense for Burrow.
But is it really a logical idea?
Burrow, of course, would certainly run into some competition at quarterback in the case that he was recruited and accepted an offer to play for Iowa State. Campbell and the Cyclones seem to be locked in on Kyle Kempt as the team’s starting quarterback for 2018 after he was grated a sixth season of eligibility by the NCAA in February.
So, with that hurdle for Burrow in mind, why would it still make sense for Iowa State to potentially recruit to the former 4-star prospect from The Plains, Ohio? 247Sports’ Chris Hummer had this to say about why it would be wise for Campbell to explore adding Burrow to the roster.
“The Cyclones like what they have in the QB room with senior starter Kyle Kempt and coming up the ranks are Zeb Noland, Brock Purdy and Re’Al Mitchell, but Burrow would raise ISU’s ceiling. With him, there are pieces in place to make a run at a Big 12 Championship, believe it or not.”
While a Big 12 Championship may seem far fetched for Iowa State, given the team’s consistent struggles before 2017, the task of making it to Arlington, Texas on the first weekend of December isn’t the long-shot for the Cyclones that it was for so many years. Iowa State was in contention for the Big 12 title as late into the 2017 season as November, before a 1-3 finish to the regular season ultimately derailed those hopes.
The addition of Burrow wouldn’t solve all the problems for Iowa State. The Cyclones will also be tasked with replacing stand-out wide receiver Allen Lazard and quarterback-turned-linebacker Joel Lanning this fall after losing both playmakers to graduation after the 2017 season. But as Hummer suggested, Burrow could certainly add some depth to the roster as the Cyclones look to improve even more in 2018.
Iowa State kicks off the season vs. FCS powerhouse South Dakota State on Sept. 1. at Jack Trice Stadium. The Cyclones begin Big 12 play with a home game against Oklahoma in Week 3.