Everybody has some kind of story.
On Tuesday on the Big Ten Network’s “The Journey,” Ohio State quarterback and possible Heisman Trophy Candidate J.T. Barrett will share his.
But on Monday, the Ohio State football Twitter account tweeted a clip of the segment and revealed some information about Barrett’s hometown and recruitment.
"If I went to another school I saw myself sitting on the couch watching OSU win a national championship without me." https://t.co/0fPyDdzlaP
— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) October 3, 2016
In the clip, Barrett says he grew up in Wichita Falls, Texas and the community gave him a positive experience.
His high school coach, Jim Garfield, said Barrett started at running back, but then moved to quarterback on every third drive.
When Barrett was a sophomore in high school, he was elected team captain and Garfield said he was the only one allowed to talk to the team, because everyone respected him.
Barrett said he wanted to be Vince Young at Texas and that the Longhorns were the first school to recruit him. Unfortunately for him, the Longhorns went with Tyrone Swoopes and Barrett said he was upset, but he got over it with help from his coaches.
“I didn’t want to just be Wichita Falls good,” Barrett said in the clip. “I wanted to be considered the best across the state and across the country.”
When 2012 rolled around, Barrett said he didn’t want to be “on the couch” when the Buckeyes won a national championship.
“If I went to another school, I saw myself watching Ohio State win a national championship without me,” Barrett said. “…I didn’t want to miss out on that.”
Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer then said he heard about Barrett from now-Houston head coach Tom Herman. Meyer hadn’t heard about him, but talked to Trent Dilfer about him and heard “great things.”
“I did not know J.T.,” Meyer said. “Tom Herman and Trent Dilfer sold me and I’m glad they did.”
So far in his career with the Buckeyes, Barrett has played three seasons, throwing for 4,714 yards and 50 touchdowns while rushing for 1,825 yards and 25 scores. He was also a big part in the Buckeyes’ 2014 national title.
The entire segment can be seen at 9 p.m. on Tuesday on the Big Ten Network.