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Ohio State’s Shazier leaning toward returning in 2014

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Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier could likely be a first round draft pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, but one of the Big Ten’s top defensive players could be thinking about returning to the Buckeyes in 2014.

While meeting with the media on Friday, Shazier was asked about his plans for 2014 and whether or not he will be turning pro after Ohio State’s Orange Bowl against Clemson.

“Right now I’m dead flat in the middle,” Shazier said according to The Lantern. “I don’t know what I’m going to do. If I would say anything I would probably be leaning towards staying.”

If he does stay, that would obviously be a big boost for Ohio State’s 2014 outlook. the Buckeyes were suspect at times on defense but having one fo the conference’s top defensive players back for another year would certainly provide a bit of stability with an anchor on one side of the defense. Shazier led Ohio State with 135 tackles this season.

“This season’s really not playing much of a role in me coming back. It’s just the outcome of whether the coaches and everybody say that’s what’s best for me and my family, what’s best for us,” Shazier said. “I’m just going to look at the evaluations and whatever we just feel is the best decision … how much school I have left, what is the best circumstance. I’m just going to look at everything and how that plays out then make my decision.”

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6 Responses to “Ohio State’s Shazier leaning toward returning in 2014”
  1. canetic says: Dec 13, 2013 6:46 PM

    Suddenly every college junior is afraid of making the jump to the NFL

  2. dumbpollack says: Dec 13, 2013 7:03 PM

    Would be nice to see him get one more wolverine pelt. Heaven knows we need help on the defensive side of the ball.

  3. spunhead73 says: Dec 13, 2013 9:10 PM

    The only reason he wants to come back is to pad his stats against cupcake teams next year,just like this year. Lord knows their schedule is as weak next year as it was this year. Step up to the plate OSU,and play real teams. Most overrated team in the country every year.

  4. flbuckeye says: Dec 13, 2013 9:28 PM

    Spun,
    Do your research….unless VT, Navy, and Cincy are all pushovers. For comparison, Bama has FAU, WVU, Southern Miss, and the powerhouse W. Carolina. No wonder Saban is staying.

  5. derekgorgonstar says: Dec 13, 2013 11:04 PM

    He better hurry up & go before he gets arrested like all those other buckeyes.

  6. grumpyoleman says: Dec 13, 2013 11:26 PM

    Money is probably better at OSU

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