Following three of the clutches games in college football history, Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Cardale Jones has announced that he plans to return to school for his junior year.
After beating Wisconsin, Alabama and Oregon in his first three starts as the quarterback for Ohio State, reports began to surface that Jones could possible be a early NFL draft pick and that he time was now to go pro.
According to ESPN,
The Cleveland native announced his decision from his high school.
A source close to the quarterback told ESPN’s Joe Schad that the past 48 hours have been “very stressful” for Jones.
Noting that a high-third-round NFL draft pick could command close to $1 million in guaranteed salary, that person said “that kind of money isn’t as easy as you get in your lifetime as you might think.”
Technically, Jones could have declared and still withdraw within 72 hours of Thursday’s midnight ET deadline.
Jones, Ohio State’s third-string quarterback, was promoted to starter after season-ending injuries to Braxton Miller and backup J.T. Barrett. The 250-pound third-year sophomore’s résumé includes three starts — a Big Ten title, a Sugar Bowl title and a 42-20 win over No. 2 Oregon in the College Football Playoff National Championship presented by AT&T.
Despite those accolades, Jones said Thursday, “In my opinion, I think I can get a lot better.”
Jones also indicated that it’s not a certainty he will even start next year for coach Urban Meyer’s defending national champions.
“I wanted to go back to school and compete for the spot,” Jones said.
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