Ohio State football fans have to be happy about this news.
On Thursday night, Buckeyes DL Dre’Mont Jones announced on social media that he will be returning to school for his redshirt junior season. He could have opted for the 2018 NFL Draft, but decided to stay in school for at least one more year.
My life long dream is to play in the NFL. In order to best achieve this goal, I have decided to forgo my draft eligibility and remain in school. OSU is providing me with a strong and solid foundation which will continue to make achieving my career possible. Go Bucks!
— Dre'Mont Jones (@TheOfficial_80) January 11, 2018
Jones’ dream is apparent. He wants to play in the NFL.
And, while he may have been able to do that had he not returned to the Buckeyes for the 2018 season, he believes staying in school for one more year will help prepare him that much more.
In 2017, Jones recorded his first career sack as a member of the Buckeyes. In 2016 — his freshman campaign — he led all players on the team’s defensive line with his 52 tackles. He started 12 games that season after an injury to Tracy Sprinkle.
As a recruit, the 6-foot-3, 295-pound lineman ranked as the No. 169 player overall by 247Sports and No. 1 defensive line prospect in the state of Ohio.
Ohio State can’t be upset with his decision. Buckeyes opponents in 2018, however, probably aren’t as happy.