Ohio State loses top cover corner to 2017 NFL Draft, opening up spots for top recruits

Another stud from Ohio State’s defense will be leaving Columbus to enter the NFL Draft. Cornerback Marshon Lattimore, with two seasons of eligibility remaining as a redshirt sophomore, announced Wednesday that he will join Malik Hooker and Gareon Conley in leaving early to pursue a pro career in 2017.
Once he finally made it onto the field following in the footsteps of current NFL Buckeyes, Lattimore, with 38 tackles and four interceptions in 2016, finally got to show the relentless cover skills that made him a top-rated prospect coming out of Cleveland in 2014.
“It was a tough decision being that I had a very short playing career as a Buckeye, but I know that I’ve been a part of a very strong brotherhood for the three years,” Lattimore wrote in a statement released by Uninterrupted. “I’ve grown to love Buckeye Nation, you all have been there for us through thick and thin. I appreciate Buckeye Nation for that. Being part of the Ohio State football team, I’ve gained relationships with people that I had nothing in common with. The 2014 class most of all has become like my brothers over the years and I love them for that.”

That 2014 class, by the way? It was ranked No. 3 in the country at the time (via 247Sports) and also includes stars like Raekwon McMillian, Damon Webb and Curtis Samuel.

Source: General Sports