Every offseason has its share of attrition in college football, and Ohio State saw some this week with the exit of wide receiver Verlon Reed from
Reed was a redshirt sophomore during the 2012 season, when he played eight games and caught one pass for 13 yards.
A three-star recruit from Marion-Franklin High School of the Columbus City League where he played both sides of the ball, Reed picked the Buckeyes over Syracuse, Toledo, Bowling Green and Kent State in December 2009. He led the Red Devils to four league titles as a quarterback.
Reed was named most valuable player of the 2010 Ohio North-South All-Star Classic at Ohio Stadium after scoring the game-winning touchdown. He took a redshirt as a freshman in 2010 then emerged during the 2011 preseason camp to become a starter at wide receiver.
A promising redshirt freshman season came to an end via knee injury during an onside kick in the final minute of a 10-7 loss to Michigan State that October, however, and he fell behind several other players on the depth chart upon the arrival of Urban Meyer as the Buckeyes’ new head coach last January.
Reed finished his Ohio State career with 10 catches for 145 yards in 13 games, including five starts.
"No matter where I end up, nothing changes for me,” Reed wrote on his Twitter page Monday. “I'm still grinding to reach my goal and I will always and forever be a #BUCKEYE.”
He leaves behind a depth chart expected to return five scholarship players from last season – seniors Corey “Philly” Brown and Chris Fields, juniors Devin Smith and Evan Spencer, sophomore Michael Thomas and redshirt freshman Frank Epitropoulos.
Brown, Smith and Spencer receiver the majority of the playing time last season along with Jake Stoneburner, a fifth-year senior who graduated Sunday.
Two other receivers – T.Y. Williams and Riquan Southward – left the program during the season.
As of Dec. 17, Ohio State had two wide receiver commits in Jalin Marshall and Taivon Jacobs. Marshall is a five-star prospect who played quarterback at Middletown, Ohio, while Jacbos is a three-star from Forestville (Md.) Suitland who was considered something of a hidden gem before he committed to the Buckeyes in July.
Gareon Conley, a four-star prospect from Massillon (Oho) Washington who recently verbally committed to Ohio State, is rated as a cornerback but could play on either side of the ball for the Buckeyes, who have 19 commitments as of the time of this writing.
Among the players they are still pursuing for the class of 2013 are wide receivers James Quick, a five-star from Louisville (Ky.) Trinity and Shelton Gibson, a four-star
from Cleveland Heights (Ohio) University Heights.
The Columbus Dispatch initially reported Reed’s move Sunday night.