LSU, Cincinnati already in pursuit of ex-Ohio State QB Joe Burrow


My teammates and coaches all know the love I feel for them. The Bearcats have an established starter in Hayden Moore, who completed 239 of 424 passes for 2,562 yards and 20 touchdowns last season. He managed to land Texas transfer Jevan Snead, but he didn't play a snap in Oxford until 2008 - the year after Orgeron was ousted.

Burrow, who graduated from Ohio State on Sunday, tweeted Tuesday that he was leaving to "explore other options".

Burrow, who served as a backup for J.T. Barrett for two years (along with a redshirt year), was competing for the starting job with Dwayne Haskins and Tate Martell this offseason.

A handful of defensive backs will be named starters, there will be five more first stringers on the offensive line, but only one man will take the starting quarterback job out of the spring.

For quarterback-needy teams, this is about as close to a free agent as there is in college football. Burrow will be eligible to play immediately at his next destination.

The Advocate's Ross Delenger and SI's Andy Staples both say the two schools have already been granted permission to contact Burrow. The Gators have famously struggled to find a star quarterback since Tim Tebow and have failed to develop blue-chip recruits like Feleipe Franks and Jeff Driskel or get anything out of transfer, Malik Zaire.