Matthew Baldwin in the locker room after the Buckeyes won the Big Ten Championship game in December. (Photo: Marcus Hartman/CMGO)

Ohio State football: Former quarterback Matthew Baldwin headed back to Lone Star State

Former Ohio State quarterback Matthew Baldwin has picked a new home. 

As expected, it is closer to home: TCU will be his destination according to 247Sports

“Just four or five years ago (TCU) was in the talk for the College Football Playoff,” Baldwin told the site. "They struggled last year, but they had a lot of injured guys. They can be a very winning program. The coaches were great. I knew Coach (Sonny) Cumbie a bit before I chose Ohio State. I like Coach (Gary Patterson) a lot. My teammates are good dudes with the same mindset as me: To play for each other and win games.”

A native of Austin, Texas, Baldwin started for one season at storied Lake Travis High School before sitting out last season at Ohio State while recuperating from a knee injury. 

He competed with Justin Fields during spring practice to replace departed starter Dwayne Haskins but later announced he was leaving Columbus amid reports he wanted to play closer to home. 

TCU provides that, although actually getting on the field will be no easy task. 

The Horned Frogs have four-star prospects Justin Rogers and Max Dugan, Kansas State transfer Alex Delton and Michael Collins, who started for part of the 2018 season. 

Meanwhile, Ohio State will have Fields, a sophomore who transferred from Georgia and was a five-star recruit, along with three-star transfers Chris Chugunov and Gunnar Hoak along with walk-ons Danny Vanatsky and J.P. Andrade. 

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Andrade is a three-star incoming freshman for 2019. 

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