Ohio State interested in Alter QB Boucher

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Alter QB Austin Boucher (Photo by Nick Falzerano)

The Buckeyes are definitely hoping to sign a quarterback in the 2009 recruiting class. After an impressive performance in the state championship game last weekend in front of Jim Tressel, Jim Heacock and Luke Fickell, Kettering Alter quarterback Austin Boucher is now in the mix.


The Buckeyes are definitely hoping to sign a quarterback for their 2009 recruiting class.  They have offered a scholarship to Kevin Newsome from Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military Academy and have been in contact with Tajh Boyd from Hampton (Va.) Phoebus, Terrance Owens from Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville and Devontae Payne from Cleveland (Ohio) South.

After an impressive performance in the state championship game last weekend in front of Jim Tressel, Jim Heacock and Luke Fickell, Kettering (Ohio) Alter quarterback Austin Boucher’s name is also on the Buckeyes’ list.

The 6-foot-1 and 205-pound Boucher went into the state championship having led Alter to 14 straight victories, though officially Alter had to forfeit two of those games because of an ineligible player.

Through 14 games Boucher had completed 122 of 180 passes for 1621 yards.  He threw for 21 touchdowns with just three interceptions.  Boucher also had 783 yards rushing on 101 carries, averaging 7.8 yards per carry.  He scored 13 times.

In the state championship game 21-6 victory over Steubenville, Boucher completed 9 of 12 passes for 80 yards and a touchdown.  He also carried the ball 10 times for 111 yards and a touchdown.

Boucher’s first scholarship offer came from Toledo and he committed to the Rockets in August.  However with Toledo changing coaches, Tim Beckman replacing Tom Amstutz, and Buckeye assistant coach John Peterson stopping at Alter High School on Thursday, Boucher may at least take a look at Ohio State.

“Coach Peterson came in,” Boucher said.  “He said they might be in need of a quarterback.  It might be something to look at with the coaching change at Toledo, but I’m not sure.

“I’m still committed to Toledo.  But Ohio State might be a possibility.  We will have a meeting to discuss things overall.  We’ll see what happens.”

Boucher has not yet spoken with Beckman, but he has spoken to the Toledo assistant that recruited him.

“I was told coach Beckman will run the ‘spread’,” Boucher said.  “I plan to meet with him.”

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