The next stop for J.T. Barrett won't be in the NFL or at Texas with Tom Herman – he's staying right here in Columbus.
Barrett, who is set to be a fifth-year senior in 2017, announced via Instagram on Wednesday that he's staying at Ohio State for his final year of eligibility. The Wichita Falls, Texas, native earned his degree in December, leaving open the option to either enter the NFL draft or transfer and play immediately, but he opted to stay with the Buckeyes instead.
"I'm coming back for my senior year," Barrett wrote in his Instagram post which was accompanied by a picture of him playing for Ohio State. "Much love to Buckeye Nation and thank God for the blessings."
Barrett is Ohio State's all-time leader in touchdown passes and, if healthy, is likely to rewrite the program's record books with one more full season as the starter. The Rider High School product finished the 2016 season with 2,555 passing yards and 24 touchdowns to seven interceptions. He also carried the ball a team-high 205 times for 845 yards and nine more scores.
For his career, Barrett has 69 touchdown passes and 31 rushing touchdowns. He has twice been named All-Big Ten (2014, 2016) and the Big Ten's Griese-Breese Quarterback of the Year (2014, 2016). He holds the Big Ten record for touchdowns responsible for in a season (45, 2014). He also holds a plethora of Ohio State records already including touchdowns responsible for in a career (100), touchdown passes (69) single-season touchdown passes (34, 2014) and numerous other records.