Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett was not recruited heavily by former Texas coach Mack Brown.

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High school coach blasts Mack Brown for passing on J.T. Barrett

Posted January 16th, 2015

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At least one Texas high school coach has no sympathy for the Longhorns’ current quarterback plight.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer did an expansive profile on J.T. Barrett, Ohio State’s No. 2 quarterback who replaced Braxton Miller but suffered a broken ankle and gave way to Cardale Jones.

According to his high school coach, Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett was not recruited heavily by former Texas coach Mack Brown.
Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett was not recruited heavily by former Texas coach Mack Brown.

Barrett’s high school coach Marc Bindel at Wichita Falls Rider has no love-loss for former Texas coach Mack Brown and the former Texas assistants, who apparently had no interest in recruiting a future Heisman Trophy contender.

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“I was, at the time, a big Texas fan,” Bindel told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “I wasn’t really happy with the way (Barrett) got treated. I felt like they mislead him a little bit and they chose to go Tyrone Swoopes and not offer J.T. I don’t know if J.T. would have gone there had he not gotten offered, but Texas, I don’t feel like handled the situation the right way.

“They don’t have a quarterback and Ohio State has three.”

Bindel appears certain that Barrett will contend for the starting job next season with the national-champion Buckeyes.

“We haven’t even seen the best version of him yet,” Bindel said.

Brown was criticized endlessly for missing on quarterback recruits during his 16-year tenure.

Now, the Longhorns have just two scholarship quarterbacks currently on the roster — Swoopes, who started 12 games last season, and backup Jerrod Heard. The Horns are expected to sign Albuquerque’s Zach Gentry, a 6-foot-7 pro-style passer, in the 2015 recruiting class.

Current Texas coach Charlie Strong has said he wants to sign one more quarterback this February. It’s still unclear whether that will be a high school recruit or a junior college transfer.

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