The Ohio State football roster has shrunk by one with the exit of linebacker Jordan Whiting.
An Ohio State spokesperson confirmed Whiting is no longer a member of the football team Thursday shortly after Whiting announced via Twitter his intention to transfer to his hometown school, Louisville.
“Buckeye nation these last few years have been the most memorable years of my life,” Whiting wrong on his Twitter page. “It was truly a blessing to have been a part of this city!”
“Sometimes in life there comes a time where (you) have to make a decision about what's best for (you) and (your) career and what (you) want out of life. So in saying that, as of 111:55 a.m. I received an important phone call and after spring quarter ends on June 1st I will be attending University of Louisville and will be a Cardinal for the remainder of my college career as a student and athlete!”
Whiting was the first player to verbally commit to Ohio State’s 2009 recruiting class. The three-star prospect from Louisville (Ky.) Trinity offered his pledge Sept. 1, 2007.
The 6-1, 238-pounder never found a niche in the Ohio State defense after redshirting as a freshman. He played 19 games and logged two tackles. He missed the 2011 season opener against Akron because of a one-game suspension levied by the NCAA for accepting $150 worth of discounted services at a Columbus tattoo parlor in 2009. The violation was part of a larger scandal that included five teammates receiving five-game suspensions for accepting improper benefits and selling university equipment or team memorabilia.
In announcing his impending exit, Whiting expressed gratitude to former Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel and current director of athletics Gene Smith.
“Thank you all for (your) support and love,” Whiting wrote via Twitter. “I thank Coach Tressel and Mr. Gene Smith for the opportunity, however my time here has come to an end.”
He added, “deep inside I will be a Buckeye (because) its part of who I am.”
Whiting’s move will take him to his hometown where he will play for third-year head coach Charlie Strong, a former assistant coach for new Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer.
Ohio State’s 2009 recruiting class was ranked No. 1 in the nation in 2009 but has lost eight members due to discipline or transfer.
His exit leaves the current scholarship count at 82, the maximum Ohio State is allowed for the next three years as a result of NCAA sanctions that take effect this year.
Whiting is the sixth player to leave the program since Meyer was hired in November. Defensive backs DerJuan Gambrell and Dominic Clarke had their scholarships terminated after getting into separate scrapes with the law, and running back Jaamal Berry also left the team while facing legal trouble. Quarterback Taylor Graham, safety Jeremy Cash and fullback David Durham transferred to Hawaii, Duke and Pittsburgh, respectively.
Follow this writer on Twitter and find Buckeye Sports Bulletin on Facebook.