Ryan Day's First QB Recruiting Test; Why Didn't Texas Schools Get Matt Baldwin? 5 More Things To Know BestsellerMagazine.com - CATEGORY Prime Report: TITLE Cleveland.com You are signed in as Edit Public Profile Sign Out The Plain Dealer Sun News Media Insider Rewards >Ryan Day's first QB recruiting test; why didn't Texas schools get Matt Baldwin? 5 more things to know Updated December 31, 2017 at 2:12 PM; Posted December 31, 2017 at 2:10 PM Here are five more things to know about Ohio State QB commit Matthew Baldwin.(247Sports) By Bill Landis, cleveland.com AUSTIN, Texas -- Five more things to know about Ohio State 2018 quarterback commit Matthew Baldwin. 1. Baldwin's commitment is the first recruiting test for Ohio State quarterbacks coach Ryan Day. Baldwin and Day are tied together, if you think Baldwin is sincerely part of the plan and not just someone to plug the quarterback hole left in this class by Emory Jones. Day went and found Baldwin when it was clear things with Jones weren't going to work out. Day saw the film from the first few games of Baldwin's senior year at Lake Travis High School, which ultimately ended with nearly 4,000 passing yards and 40-plus touchdowns, and began a relationship that led to an offer and then a commitment. "I think he's got a similar mind to me as far as football stuff, Xs and Os," Baldwin said of Day. "People always tell you, wherever you go, don't go for the coaches because they'll be gone soon. But that's really hard to do because those are the people you're around and you build a relationship with. Coach Day is a guy I think I can really build a relationship with." I'm not penalizing Day for Ohio State losing Emory Jones. I'm not sure you can penalize anybody, really. Ohio State went out and got a commitment from one of the best quarterback prospects in the country. In the end that prospect changed his mind, went closer to home and somewhere where the path to playing time will be faster and easier. Jones was first recruited by Ohio State when Tim Beck was the quarterbacks coach. Beck also recruited Tristen Wallace out of DeSoto, Texas, who committed to the Buckeyes in 2016 before deciding he didn't want to play quarterback and flipped to Oregon as a receiver. Beck, too, was around on the tail end of Ohio State's recruitment of Dwayne Haskins, and when the Buckeyes signed Tate Martell. So Beck didn't miss on all of his quarterback targets. It's also misleading to totally link quarterbacks with the position coach when Urban Meyer is heavily involved in quarterback recruiting. But like Tom Herman going out to find J.T. Barrett and bringing him to Meyer, Baldwin is the first prospect identified by Day as a potential option for Ohio State. Meyer didn't find him first. Beck was never involved before leaving. Day was the one who made this happen. "I keep telling Coach Day, we were joking that 'Man, we're gonna make you look like a genius,'" Baldwin said. "He found me first." 2. Baldwin thinks his label as a "pro-style" quarterback is a bit misleading. "There are some dual-threat kids who I saw at the Nike Opening camps that I ran like two-tenths of a second faster than in the 40. So you never know with those. I like to think of myself as a pro-style quarterback who can run when he needs to. "We (Baldwin's high school team) have run more because I'm so big (6-foot-3, 194 pounds) than maybe we have with other quarterbacks. Third-and-2 plays, why not have an extra blocker and have me run the ball? We relied on it well ... So it's a big part of our offense." 3. Baldwin is part of a quarterback pipeline at Lake Travis that includes Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, former Texas quarterback Garrett Gilbert, Baylor quarterback Charlie Brewer and former Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Brewer. That's some good company. A Heisman winner, the Big 12 co-Offensive Freshman of the Year this year, and a current NFL quarterback. Baldwin is closest with Charlie Brewer, serving as his backup for two years before taking over as the starter in his senior year. Baldwin has met Mayfield before, but they don't have much of a relationship. "Not huge," Baldwin said. "Charlie knew him better because Baker knew Michael pretty well. We've talked before. He's part of the Lake Travis family and we look out for each other." 4. Speaking of those quarterbacks, it's kind of astonishing that a high school program with that track 20 miles from the University of Texas hasn't had more quarterbacks become Longhorns. Of that group, only Gilbert went to Texas. The five-star prospect was forced into the BCS National Championship as a true freshman after an injury to Colt McCoy. "His expectations were so high after that," Baldwin said. "He had so much hometown pressure, come to Texas from Lake Travis, come win us three national championships, be the greatest quarterback ever." The guys after him Gilbert never really got a sniff from Texas. "Baker didn't get recruited by Texas," Baldwin said. "He didn't get recruited by a lot people, and I bet they're regretting that now ... Neither did Michael Brewer, went to Texas Tech. I think they missed on a couple guys. Charlie, they chose the Westlake guy, our rival, over Charlie. Charlie is the co-Offensive Freshman of the Year. They missed on him too. You tell me? I don't know why they're not recruiting Lake Travis quarterbacks." Baldwin said the Texas schools came around late for him, after he was already down the road with Ohio State this fall. He said the Texas school he was most interested in was TCU, but the Horned Frogs already had a commitment from four-star quarterback Justin Rogers from Louisiana. 5. Meyer has told the story before of Barrett being the only quarterback he's offered before seeing him throw in person. That happened with Baldwin too. He got offered on a visit in November upon first meeting Meyer. Meyer didn't see Baldwin throw in person until December, when he came down to Austin to watch. Day had come down before the November visit to see Baldwin throw. "(Meyer) trusts Coach Day," Baldwin said. "You're right, a head coach should see his future quarterback throw. When they offered, they made sure I knew that this thing takes time and I still have a lot to work on before a decision can be made."