The quarterback depth chart for the Ohio State Buckeyes may start to look very thin by the start of the 2019 season starts in September.
Redshirt freshman quarterback, Matthew Baldwin, has reportedly entered the NCAA transfer portal as first reported by Lettermen Row.
Baldwin has been battling with Justin Fields throughout the spring for the starting quarterback position but the thought around college football, since Fields transferred to Ohio State in January, was that Fields would be the starter for the Buckeyes heading into 2019.
According to the report, the belief is that Baldwin wants to be closer to home more than finding a new spot so that he could potentially play this season. NCAA rules state that transfers have to sit out a year but Fields was granted a waiver to play immediately.
The Austin, Texas native chose Ohio State and enrolled early in January 2018 over Minnesota, North Carolina, Kentucky and Iowa among others. Baldwin was redshirted for the 2018 season while still recovering from a knee injury he suffered in high school.
If he were to transfer, Baldwin would join Tate Martell as another quarterback to leave the program during the offseason. Martell transferred to Miami (FL) in January, even after saying publicly that Ohio State was his school and that he wasn’t going to shy away from competition once Fields arrived.
As it pertains to Ohio State, the only player behind Fields at quarterback is Chris Chugunov, who does have some experience with two career starts at West Virginia. But the fact there are only two quarterbacks as of now is somewhat of a concern if you’re an Ohio State fan.
Of course, they have a commit from 2020 prospect Jack Miller but he’s not going to help the cause for 2019 and even 2020. The belief was that Fields was going to start at least the next two seasons and then Baldwin was going to get his opportunity in 2021 and then hand it off to Miller.
One option is to potentially give a scholarship to 2018 walk on Danny Vanatsky and have him be the third quarterback behind Fields and Chugunov.
Vanatsky joined the program last summer after a prolific high school career for Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy throwing 72 touchdowns and only 14 interceptions while earning second team All-Ohio his senior season.