Life comes at you fast and Austin (Texas) Lake Travis quarterback Matthew Baldwin is living proof of that. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound prospect hadn't even started a high school football game until this fall, but after an early pledge to Colorado State, the big boys came calling for the Texas gun-slinger.
Ohio State thought it had its quarterback for nearly a year and a half in Georgia star Emory Jones, but as things started to deteriorate this fall, Baldwin emerged onto the radar for the Buckeyes where he was offered and then committed in early December.
Iowa, North Carolina, Minnesota, Kentucky, would all join the fray this fall with programs like Alabama, TCU, and Texas beginning to show interest in Baldwin before he ultimately jumped on his offer from the Buckeyes.
FLASHBACK: Baldwin ready for shot at QB at Ohio State
Now Baldwin is signed, sealed, and delivered, and officially a member of the Ohio State football program. And while he is one of the last members of the class and certainly one of the last to receive an offer from Ohio State, he is arguably having the best senior season of any member of the class. He has accounted for more than 40 touchdowns and passed for nearly 4,000 yards during his monster year.
But there is still unfinished business. After straining his meniscus last week in the state semi-finals, Baldwin looks to be ready to go this weekend as his Lake Travis teams plays for a Texas 6A state championship, making him the last Buckeye commit still playing on a high school football field.