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Prep QB Boucher faces interesting decision

1/28/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Ohio State or Miami (Ohio)?

It seems like a no-brainer, especially for a kid from the Buckeye State.

Austin Boucher faces this decision after receiving a scholarship offer from Ohio State on Tuesday night, hours after top quarterback prospect Tajh Boyd announced he would attend Clemson over Ohio State and Oregon. Boucher originally committed to Toledo but recently switched to Miami (Ohio), where he should be in the mix to start in the next few seasons.

Ohio State desperately needs a third scholarship quarterback to go along with starter Terrelle Pryor and backup Joe Bauserman. Boucher fills a need in Columbus, but his prospects for field time are somewhat slim, as The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Doug Lesmerises writes in his blog:

At Ohio State, Boucher would be the third quarterback on scholarship this season. But he certainly won't be beating out Terrelle Pryor over the next two seasons. And the Buckeyes will recruit over Boucher in the next year or two, bringing in a quarterback they believe can start when Pryor moves on.

There is no guarantee at either school for the two-star recruit with the state title. But certainly he has a better chance to play at Miami. And of his two choices, only one has a former quarterback starting in the Super Bowl on Sunday - and it's not Ohio State.

But Ohio State is Ohio State, even if the Buckeyes did only offer him as a backup plan. That's how recruiting works. And he is an Ohio kid.

As Lesmerises goes on to write, Boucher can't really make the wrong move here. The MAC certainly has produced its share of pro quarterbacks, one of whom, former Miami (Ohio) star Ben Roethlisberger, will try to win his second Super Bowl on Sunday.

But it'd be tough to see Boucher turn down the Buckeyes, even though he knows he wasn't the team's first option.