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Athens, Ohio quarterback Joe Burrow had generated an impressive offer list, but when
Ohio State came through with an offer on Tuesday the three-star was ready to accept.
"The last couple weeks they have been telling me it's going to be happening, it was just a matter of when and to be patient with them," Burrow said. "They had been telling me they wanted me to come to camp, but I guess they decided they didn't need to see me at camp and they wanted me to be their quarterback."
The conversation with Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer happened close to noon Tuesday, and although Burrow was optimistic an offer would come eventually, he was not necessarily expecting it going into the call.
"He's told me to call him a couple other times and they haven't offered, so I thought I was just going to call and catch up," Burrow said. "He said they watched film a lot last week of all their guys they were considering and I just jumped out at him as the best guy.
"I knew if they offered I was going to commit, but then when they did do it I was kind of in shock. I got off the phone, called my family and told them I was going to commit, then called him back right away and committed. It is great to get the monkey off my back, to be going to a great school like Ohio State and have a chance to win championships."
Burrow's offer list hit double-digits some time ago, but making the quick decision to accept Ohio State's offer had much more to do than just picking the home state school.
"They were recruiting me the hardest in the last couple weeks and I couldn't turn down the chance to win multiple national championships and possibly a Heisman," Burrow said.
The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Burrow threw for 3,732 yards and 47 touchdowns last fall, but he also rushed for 589 yards and nine additional scores on the ground. He brings a dual-threat element to the quarterback position and sees a match with the offense the Buckeyes run.
"I think it will fit me great," he said. "They have been telling me they were looking for a guy who could throw first and run second. I can do both of those, but I am definitely a pass-first guy. Coach Meyer has always had great quarterbacks and trained them to be top at their position in the country, so I think I will have great success there."
Burrow is also looking to help add more success around him in this class. He is the third class of 2015 commitment for Ohio State and plans to play a part in swelling those numbers in the coming months.
"I have already started that," Burrow said. "I'll go to the camp, hang out and talk to some guys, hit them up on Twitter and all that good stuff."
Josh Helmholdt is the Midwest Region football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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