LSU’s pursuit of a graduate transfer quarterback is heating up.
Former Ohio State quarterback Joe Burrow will be taking an official visit to LSU this weekend, according to a source. Burrow will also be taking an official visit to Cincinnati, according to a report from Sports Illustrated, which first reported the news.
Burrow announced his intention to transfer from Ohio State on Tuesday morning. He’s set to graduate this spring, meaning he’ll be able to play immediately at his next school with two years of eligibility remaining.
As of Wednesday, LSU and Cincinnati are the only schools who have been granted permission to contact Burrow. Ohio State has the right to deny requests to contact Burrow or block his transfer to any particular school, though that NCAA rule could change in the near future.
Reports out of Columbus indicate he was battling for the starting job this spring but had grown tired waiting his turn after two years of backing up All Big 10 quarterback J.T. Barrett. He appeared in seven games as a Buckeye, completing 29-of-37 passes for 287 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. Burrow was a consensus four-star prospect coming out of high school in Ohio.
LSU’s serious courtship of Burrow certainly has ramifications for the trio of scholarship signal callers already on campus. Junior Justin McMillan, sophomore Myles Brennan and redshirt-freshman Lowell Narcisse spent all spring battling for the starting quarterback job, a competition LSU coach Ed Orgeron has said will continue on into fall camp.
Orgeron said last week that it would be “very possible” that LSU spends its final remaining 2018 scholarship on a quarterback, particularly if one of the three decided to leave the program this summer. McMillan is on pace to graduate and would be eligible to play right away if he were to go elsewhere.