The rise and success of LSU quarterback Joe Burrow is the talk of college football. However, way before he was an SEC champion and potential Heisman Trophy winner, Joey Burrow was an under the radar prospect not receiving much attention from college coaches or the recruiting media.
It was November of 2013 when Scott Reed and I traveled just over two hours to watch Burrow, a prospect with impressive film and stats being overlooked due to being from Southeast Ohio where many questioned the level of competition he faced.
Facing a talented and athletic Marion Franklin squad, Burrow impressed by showing poise in the pocket along with the ability to escape pressure and make plays with his arm and legs.
Today, many marvel at Burrow’s ability to read an opponents defense and change the play. However, Burrow was already showing the skill set at this stage of his career.
While the game didn’t end the way Burrow and his Athens teammates wanted, he showed a level of maturity by not declining my interview request to talk about the game, lack of recruiting interest and what he needed to do going forward to improve on the field.
At the time of this interview the only college showing any interest was the hometown Ohio Bobcats where his father, Jimmy Burrow was the defensive coordinator. It would be a couple more months before college coaches started seeing Burrow was a kid with talent who could play at the Division One level in college.
As Scott and I made the drive back to Southwest Ohio, I had no problem stating Joey Burrow was the best high school quarterback I had evaluated, and I’d seen some very special quarterbacks over the years.
The following video is from that post game interview along with some action shots from the game and is sponsored by First Star Logistics.