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Ohio State’s Shazier makes NFL move official

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As expected, Ohio State has officially lost one of the most talented linebackers in the country to the pros.

Late Saturday night, OSU confirmed via a press release that Ryan Shazier has decided to forego his remaining collegiate eligibility and enter the 2014 NFL draft.

“Playing in the NFL is something that I have been dreaming about since my days in pee-wee football,” said Shazier in a statement.  I just feel that now is the perfect time for me. …

“I feel like my three years at Ohio State were about great relationships with coaches, my teammates and Buckeye Nation,” Shazier said. “Playing here was an amazing experience.”

Following a season in which he totaled 22.5 tackles for loss (third in the nation), Shazier was named an Associated Press first-team All-American and first-team All-Big Ten by both the media and the coaches.  He’s started 29 games for the Buckeyes during his time in Columbus.

There’s still no official word on Shazier’s teammate, starting quarterback Braxton Miller, although he’s expected to return to the Buckeyes for his senior season.

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12 Responses to “Ohio State’s Shazier makes NFL move official”
  1. dkhhuey says: Jan 5, 2014 1:33 PM

    Good luck Ryan!!! You have been a great Buckeye player both on and off the field!!! We’ll see you on Sunday

  2. cleveland1980 says: Jan 5, 2014 2:04 PM

    He is going to be a phenomenal player on Sundays.

  3. jrs45 says: Jan 5, 2014 2:22 PM

    Shazier is a stud. Does he have the size to be a lb or safety?

  4. bigbuckeye76 says: Jan 5, 2014 5:22 PM

    Guy is way undersized to play LB in the league.

  5. dkhhuey says: Jan 5, 2014 5:46 PM

    So was Spielman – and he was even tagged with the ‘too slow’ to play in the NFL…

  6. hehateme1 says: Jan 5, 2014 6:33 PM

    Does anyone know if larrinitus or Troy Smith is coming back?

  7. jkaflagg says: Jan 5, 2014 6:35 PM

    Don’t see OSU that often, but when I did he really stood out as a playmaker. Did seem a bit undersized, though….will probably be drafted by a good team that can afford to define a role for him.

  8. hehateme1 says: Jan 5, 2014 6:37 PM

    Urban is an idiot. Just an FYI.

  9. jrs45 says: Jan 5, 2014 6:45 PM

    Hedateme1,
    james laurinaitis has avg 100 plus tackles each season he’s been. Guy is a stud.

  10. jrs45 says: Jan 5, 2014 6:51 PM

    Hedateme1,

    Your love for Urban is unconditional. You want his big floppy thing don’t you?

  11. hehateme1 says: Jan 5, 2014 6:54 PM

    Hahaha. Nice jrs45.

  12. jrs45 says: Jan 5, 2014 7:22 PM

    Every post is bashing Urban I mean seriously? You a Gator Wolverine or what? Sounds like a man crush though.

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