Another graduate transfer quarterback hit the market Tuesday, and LSU is interested in speaking with him.
LSU received permission from Ohio State to talk with Joe Burrow, a source told The Advocate. Burrow announced on Twitter on Tuesday that he's transferring from the Buckeyes.
LSU joins Cincinnati as teams that have been granted permission to speak with the quarterback. Schools must request and obtain permission to speak with athletes at other programs as to avoid the NCAA's tampering bylaws. Burrow has two years of eligibility remaining and, as a graduate transfer, can play immediately.
"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 said on twitter Tuesday.
All of this comes a week after comments from LSU coach Ed Orgeron suggested the Tigers could pursue a playcaller this summer. Orgeron described it as "very possible" that the Tigers would at least attempt to add a graduate transfer quarterback this offseason.
The three-man quarterback competition among Justin McMillan, Myles Brennan and Lowell Narcisse could produce a transfer out of the group, Orgeron suggested. Quarterbacks are prone to transferring more than any other position. McMillan, a redshirt junior who was the most productive during the spring game, is scheduled to graduate over the summer.
The three QBs completed spring practice with the battle "even," Orgeron said. The competition is expected to extend into preseason camp.
"If a quarterback would leave, we’d need another quarterback with only two quarterbacks on the roster. As far as I know, no one is planning on leaving. They’re all competing for the starting job. I think everybody’s happy,” Orgeron said at a speaking engagement in Houston. “We have some needs at several positions. We want to see who’s out there.”
Stanford cornerback Terrence Alexander, a graduate transfer, signed with LSU last month to occupy one of two open spots remaining in the 2018 signing class. To fill the last spot, Orgeron is searching for another graduate transfer.
Burrow is one of the more highly touted transfer quarterbacks out there. Several national reporters have included LSU among a host of potential suitors, along with Florida and Nebraska.
Burrow, a redshirt sophomore, spent the last three years at Ohio State in a reserve role. He competed this spring with Dwayne Haskins for the starting job to replace J.T. Barrett. A broken thumb in Burrow's throwing hand prevented him from battling for the backup job last fall, giving way to Haskins.
Burrow had the best spring game of the quarterbacks, completed 15 of 22 passes for 238 yards and two touchdowns. He's a former Ohio Mr. Football, rated by 247Sports as the eighth-best dual-threat quarterback out of Athens High.
Cincinnati, coached by former Ohio State assistant Luke Fickell, have an established starter in Hayden Moore. He threw for 2,562 yards and 20 touchdowns last season.