J.T. Barrett commits to Ohio State

Ohio State picked up its 10th commit on Wednesday and its first quarterback of the 2013 recruiting class. Urban Meyer’s first quarterback commit is from the Lone Star State.

Four-star quarterback J.T. Barrett (Wichita Falls, Texas/Rider) confirmed via text message that he has verbally committed to the Buckeyes. A 6-foot-1, 210-pound dual-threat option, Barrett chose Ohio State over offers from LSU, Nebraska, Arizona, Baylor and a host of other schools.

“I feel Ohio State is the place for me,” Barrett said, “and I felt if I would have went somewhere else, I would be missing out. I wanted to be a part of the Buckeye family.”

Recruited by offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Tom Herman, Barrett is coming off a 2011 season where he threw for 1,604 yards and 14 touchdowns, leading Rider to the state quarterfinals of the Texas Class 4A Division I playoffs. When he wasn’t dissecting opponents with his arm, he was doing so with his legs, as he also rushed for 1,515 yards and seven touchdowns.

A regional finalist at the Dallas Elite 11, Barrett is considered the 15th-best dual-threat quarterback and the 35th-best player in Texas.