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John Thomas Barrett (J.T.) is a 6’1, 230 pound dual threat quarterback from Wichita Falls Texas. He signed with Ohio State in April and arrived on campus in January of 2013. He is a great representative of the athletic, mobile quarterbacks that coach Urban Meyer wants to see at The Ohio State University.
Barrett’s senior season was cut short after week five when he suffered a season ending knee injury. In that injury shortened season he was able to run for 569 yards, scoring 7 touchdowns. He passed for 784 yards and five scores. If you project those numbers out over 12 game season he is rushing for 1200 and passing for almost 1900.
Although his senior year was cut short by injury his junior season at Wichita Falls was very impressive. He ran for over 1,600 yards and passed for over 1,500 yards in his junior year. He is a slashing style runner and has the ability to make defenders miss. He is probably a red shirt in 2013 but his is someone who will have the opportunity to compete for reps in the years after Braxton Miller graduates. If Braxton were to go to the NFL after winning a Heisman trophy and a national championship, the opportunity for Barrett to compete would come a year ahead of schedule.
Barrett was rated by scouts and 247sports as the 11th best prospect in Texas. He was a four star recruit as a cornerback as well as at quarterback. He was ranked in the top 150 of the ESPN 300. The accolades he has earned are very impressive when you consider that more than half of his senior season was lost to the injury.
He didn’t play in the spring game because he was still in recovery mode from knee surgery.
J.T. is one of six quarterbacks on the roster at this time so his opportunity for playing time will be limited in 2013. However, once Braxton Miller graduates after the 2014 season, Barrett should be a strong competitor for playing time along with Cardale Jones from Cleveland Glenville High School. The competition for playing time at the quarterback position is going to be very interesting in the near future.