With the end of Game of Thrones realized, the focus of drama returns to real life with another development threatening to capsize the already-loaded OSU quarterback boat.
According to Cleveland.com, Jagger LaRoe, a walk-on at Texas A&M who redshirted this past season, announced on Twitter that he’s parting the Aggies for the Buckeyes.
LaRoe threw for 3,029 yards and 33 touchdowns in his senior year at Colleyville Heritage (Texas) High School, which are impressive stats, but he’ll be coming to a crowded party.
The starting QB spot at OSU is among the most prestigious positions in sports, so it’s no wonder that so many players want it. What’s surprising is how many have an actual shot.
LaRoe is the second walk-on quarterback to join OSU this offseason–after JP Andrade of Bonita (Calif.) High School–and the third walk-on quarterback on the team overall (including Danny Vanatsky). The Buckeyes also already have three quarterbacks on scholarship on the roster–Justin Fields, Gunnar Hoak, and Chris Chugunov.
That makes six according to my robust arithmetic skills.
After losing starting QB Dwyane Haskins to the NFL, next season’s projected starting QB Tate Martell to Miami (FL), and Matthew Baldwin to TCU, OSU looked to be starved for quarterbacks for next season. Now, they’re starved for space.
Like the War for the Iron Throne, everyone has the opportunity to take the reins of power at OSU football, though it will be arduous, drawn-out, and mettle-testing.
Justin Fields, who transferred to OSU from Georgia this year, appears to be the front-runner for the starting QB spot, but we’re still a long ways off from the start of next season. Only time will tell who wins out.
Header photo courtesy of David Heasley.