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Thursday, January 29, 2009
Boucher spurns Ohio State to stay with Miami

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

It seemed like an offer Austin Boucher couldn't refuse, but the prep quarterback said, "No, thanks," to Ohio State on Wednesday night and will honor his commitment to Miami (Ohio).

Ohio State made a late attempt to land Boucher, offering him a scholarship Tuesday night, hours after another quarterback prospect, Tajh Boyd, announced he would attend Clemson. Given the chance to suit up in Scarlet and Gray and possibly back up Terrelle Pryor, Boucher opted to stick with the RedHawks, where he should play early in his career.

"That is huge," Boucher said. "They've got Pryor and I know [head coach Jim Tressel] is already looking at some 2010 quarterbacks. There's always going to be competition, but I want to be the No. 1 guy. I was [Miami's] No. 1 recruit, where at OSU I'm not Terrelle Pryor."

You've got to admire Boucher's perspective in an age where recruits are promised things and told they're better than they are. Though he would have been a play or two away from the field at Ohio State, Miami probably provides a better long-term opportunity for playing time.

Ohio State remains on the lookout for a third scholarship quarterback behind Pryor and Joe Bauserman. The Buckeyes undoubtedly will add an arm or two in the 2010 class, but they don't want to enter next fall so thin at the quarterback spot.