Ohio State DB Marshon Lattimore Declares For NFL Draft


Ohio State defensive back Marshon Lattimore became the latest Buckeye to leave school early, announcing his intentions on Twitter to enter the NFL Draft.


Add another loss to the Ohio State secondary.

Marshon Lattimore, on Wednesday, became the third Buckeyes defensive back to declare for the NFL Draft, announcing his decision in a lengthy statement on Twitter.

“I’ve decided to enter the 2017 NFL Draft. My family and I believe this is the best decision for me,” Lattimore wrote. “It was a tough decision being that I had a very short playing career as a Buckeye.

“It’s been a pleasure playing at the best program in the country. I’m looking forward to continuing the Buckeye legacy on Sundays.”

Here is Lattimore’s full statement:

He joins fellow Ohio State defensive backs Malik Hooker and Gareon Conley as early entrants into the draft. Linebacker Raekwon McMillan is also headed to the NFL, while offensive players Noah Brown and Curtis Samuel are also leaving school early.

Lattimore had four interceptions and returned one for a touchdown during his redshirt sophomore season, his only season as a full-time starter. He also was credited with 13 pass breakups and nine passes defended.

Although Ohio State is losing plenty from its secondary, coach Urban Meyer already is working on reloading that group with incoming talent to go along with the depth that already exists in that area. The Buckeyes on Tuesday landed a commitment from 5-star cornerback Kendall Sheffield, who played last season at Blinn Junior College after redshirting his only year at Alabama.

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