A three-star prospect and the nation's No. 53 quarterback in the class of 2010 as ranked by Scout.com, the signal-caller from Houston (Texas) Eisenhower was a last-minute addition to the Buckeyes' recruiting class. Initially set on attending I-AA program Prairie View, he capped a whirlwind week leading up to National Signing Day by landing and accepting a scholarship offer.
After the Buckeyes lost out on both Tajh Boyd and Austin Boucher, Guiton suddenly appeared on their radar and wound up joining the class. Now in the midst of his first fall camp after having spent the summer in Columbus, the freshman said he knows that most fans do not expect much from him.
That did not stop his new teammates from embracing him, he said.
"It's been like a dream come true," Guiton said. "Most people know I was the last recruit picked up, so I had a lot of worry coming in and didn't know if I was going to fit in. When I got up here, they treated me like a family and I love it up here. It's a lot of fun."
Guiton sits a distant third on the depth chart behind sophomores Terrelle Pryor and Joe Bauserman. Pryor earned the starting job as a true freshman, while Bauserman's strong arm and life experiences paint him as a capable backup should Pryor go down with an injury.
It means the 6-3, 180-pound Guiton is most likely looking at a redshirt season – a fact he is still resigning himself to.
"Oh yeah, it's real hard," he said. "Some days I sit up and think about that knowing I have a big possibility of not seeing the field but it's a chance I was willing to take. I knew that when I signed here. It's something I'll have to go through and I'm ready for it."
Quarterbacks coach Nick Siciliano said no decisions have been made yet about whether Guiton or Bauserman will see the field this year and in what capacity. Last season, head coach Jim Tressel headed into the fall planning to find ways to use the different abilities Bauserman, Pryor and incumbent starter Todd Boeckman each brought to the table.
"Kenny Guiton is going to have no problems," Siciliano said. "He's a quick learner. He understands football and he wants to be good at it. He's going to work at it, and that's the most important thing."
As a senior, Guiton threw for 1,846 yards and added 140 rushing yards and accumulated 21 touchdowns. A change in offensive coordinator led to a production decline from a junior year when he put up 2,592 yards passing, 329 yards rushing and 29 scores.
More of a pocket passer rather than a dual-threat option, Guiton said he has been primarily working on his throwing mechanics since arriving at OSU.
"I feel like my running game is pretty good," he said. "I've got to get better at my throwing mechanics and on my reads and that's basically it right now."
Pryor said Guiton's ability to throw the ball is ahead of where he was when he first set foot on campus.
"I think he knows a little bit more (too)," Pryor said. "I'm teaching him a lot of stuff. I took him under my wing as a little brother and I'm trying to teach him as much as I can because if I get knocked down or Joe gets knocked down, someone has to come up. Someone has to lead Ohio State down the field."
Guiton singled out Pryor as having served as a mentor already during his tenure in Columbus.
"He's a lot of fun," Guiton said of Pryor. "He's outgoing and he likes to talk in practice so he helps me out a lot. He's a big help. Every time something happens he's letting me know if it's a good job or what I need to work on. He's a real big help."
Following the team's second practice, OSU head coach Jim Tressel said he was pleased with what he had seen out of Guiton in the early going.
"He's got a little glow about him," Tressel said. "He's got a neat personality. He's going to be a good leader. He's got good feet. I thought he was extremely good in the option drill. Not too many freshmen handle the option drill like he did today, and I thought he threw the ball fine. His accuracy has to get better like most guys who need reps.
"He's got to get stronger like most freshmen, but I've been very pleased."