The Burrows moved out of Iowa when Joey was young, leaving him with only the fuzziest of memories. Joey will be back in Ames soon, though, having been the first quarterback the Cyclones offered in the 2015 class.
"I know that Paul Rhoads has done a great job, they've made a couple bowl games over the years and I'm excited about the offer," Burrow told AllCyclones.com on Monday. "As of right now we're planning on coming to a spring practice March 24."
The Plains (Ohio) Athens three-star signal-caller boasts offers from seven other FBS programs and has recently visited Cincinnati and West Virginia.
To be the first quarterback offered under new offensive coordinator Mark Mangino holds a special significance.
"That really means a lot to me and excites me," Burrow said. "I know he did a really good job at Kansas, getting that program up."
A 4.0-student with an ACT score of 26, Burrow threw for 3,732 yards, 47 touchdowns and seven interceptions as a junior, with a completion percentage of 71.2 (218-for-306).
It's not all about the arm, though. Burrow considers himself a scrambler — albeit one who looks to throw first — and backed that up with 589 yards rushing and nine touchdowns in 2013.
"[Mangino] said he wants a guy that can throw but every once in a while can run the ball when he needs to," Burrow said. "[My greatest strength] is my ability to extend the play, I can make plays outside the pocket."
Burrow will take as many visits as need by this spring and summer before he tries to whittle his list down.
"I would say it's too early," he said.
An offseason goal of Burrow's is to work on his speed while bulking up to around 205 pounds for his playing weight.
Burrow's father, Jimmy, is the defensive coordinator at Ohio, which has offered.
"I'm open to any school," said Burrow in an earlier interview. "If I decide to play for Ohio, it won't be because of my dad. I would choose Ohio because I know the program and I know the town. But I wouldn't say it would have to be a big-time school to take me away."
Scout.com analyst Dave Berk believes Burrow is the top 2015 quarterback in Ohio.