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We’ve seen this before, an Ohio State quarterback enters the transfer portal. We aren’t calling Jack Miller III the next Joe Burrow. However, that pipeline has worked once before and it could happen again.
Given the quarterback play from this season, the addition of Miller could really help the football team. With a new head coach, you likely will see an open competition at every position, including the quarterbacks. With Miller entering the transfer portal, we take a look at his profile.
Jack Miller III, Ohio State Profile
(AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
Hometown: Scottsdale, Arizona
Position: No. 13 Pro-Style QB
State: No. 9 in Arizona
National: No. 334
Star Rating: Four-Star Composite
Miller was offered in the 2020 class by the LSU Tigers, they ended up signing Max Johnson and T.J. Finley. The latter transferred to Auburn prior to the season. Miller found himself behind C.J. Stroud, Quinn Ewers, and Kyle McCord on the quarterback depth chart. With so many five-star quarterbacks on the roster, someone was going to leave if they wanted a shot to play in the near future.
Miller was suspended by the Ohio State Buckeyes earlier this season due to an OVI arrest. However, prior to entering his name into the transfer portal the university reinstated the quarterback.
“Ohio State University student-athlete Jack Miller has been reinstated to the Ohio State football team,” OSU said in a statement. “The charge issued against him of operating a vehicle while impaired has been reduced to a minor misdemeanor traffic offense. Miller has fulfilled all of the obligations required of him and the legal case is now closed.” – Via Buckeyes Wire
The fact that Miller was reinstated by the school prior to entering the transfer portal should help his case in any background checks by a potential school. With the hire of Brian Kelly, it is entirely possible that he will be looking for a transfer quarterback to come to Baton Rouge.
To get a feel for the type of quarterback that Miller is, Buckeyes Wire site editor Phil Harrison provided a quick scouting report on the Arizona native.
Miller is a drop-back guy. He used to be a five-star out of Scottsdale but suffered an injury, dropped to a four-star but Ryan Day really liked him. He fell behind Kyle McCord for the backup job but can still spin it. Miller looked good in spot duty and the spring, but completely untested. He’s known to be accurate with a quick release and can take off a run if he has to, but not really a part of his game.
With Johnson, Garrett Nussmeier, and Walker Howard on the roster for 2022, Kelly could use another arm. As we saw in 2021, that depth can be ripped to shreds at a moment’s notice. Finely transferred and Myles Brennan suffered a season-ending injury before camp even started.
Miller would likely challenge Max Johnson and Garrett Nussmeier in spring and fall camps. However, I wouldn’t count out Elite 11 quarterback Walker Howard from making a run as well. You can never have too many quarterbacks but Miller would likely get a legit shot at starter. Much like Howard, Miller was one of those Elite 11 quarterbacks.