14 January 2008
Breaking news. Award winning LB and All American James Laurinitis has opted to stay at Ohio State for his senior season. By doing so he is passing up a likely top ten pick and millions of dollars to stay at Ohio State.
The Cleveland PD broke the story. Here is the quote
"Talking to my mom this weekend, whenever I talked to her about coming back next year with the Buckeyes I was more excited than anything about the NFL. I'm having too much fun at Ohio State."
A week ago it looked their would be another exodus of talent similar to last year when Teddy Ginn, Anthony Gonzalez, and Antonio Pittman all left college early for the NFL.
Although thought to be leaning towards leaving, the loss to LSU and other factors inspired Boone, Freeman, Jenkins, and now Laurinitis to return for their final year. Laurinitis was deemed to be a top ten pick while Jenkins would have likely gone somewhere in the latter part of round one.
The Buckeyes did however lose Vernon Gholtson to the draft, but will return a very talented and experienced team in 08, hopefully one that can get over the hump this time around. Things ramp up early for the Buckeyes in 2008 with a road trip to Los Angeles to take on USC who might open with the number 1 ranking with Ohio State believed to be in the top 3 or 4.