Joe Burrow is, by definition, a former Ohio State Buckeye. Some football fans, however, are touchy about whether OSU can claim Burrow as one of its own after he transferred in 2018 to find playing time at LSU, where he memorably finished his college football career in epic fashion.

Joel Klatt weighed in Monday, lumping Burrow in with Jalen Hurts, who transferred from Alabama to Oklahoma.

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“I’m sure Jalen Hurts has a big place in his heart for Alabama, but he had to leave. Like, this whole notion – and I see Ohio State doing it with Joe Burrow, and Alabama doing it with Jalen Hurts – it’s like, listen, those guys had to leave. You can argue that they had the most success in college uniforms away from those schools, certainly in Burrow’s case.”

Klatt said both Alabama and Ohio State should focus on the players who finished at those schools before going to the NFL.

“Hey Bama and Ohio State, you don’t get to claim Burrow and Jalen Hurts. You’ve got enough guys to claim. Let’s be honest, these guys are for OU and LSU.”

Burrow was at Ohio State from 2015 through May 2018. He redshirted his first season with the Buckeyes and saw limited playing time in 2016 and ’17 as a reserver quarterback. After graduating from OSU, Burrow transferred to LSU, and the rest is college football history.