Ohio State LB Headed to Ball State
By Brandon Castel
COLUMBUS — It appears another Glenville kid is on his way out at Ohio State.
Photo by Jim Davidson
Linebacker Jonathan Newsome spent all of spring practice in Jim Tressel’s doghouse and apparently was not prepared to spend the fall in Luke Fickell’s.
While it has yet to be confirmed by Ohio State, Newsome Tweeted Friday night that he will transfer to Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.
“I love O State n all my teammates n friends I made here, however I gotta keep it movin,” Newsome wrote on his personal Twitter account.
The junior out of Cleveland started one game for the Buckeyes last fall at outside linebacker, but did not participate in much of spring practice.
“As soon as he feels, and we feel, he’s heading in the right direction, he’ll have his opportunity to regain those privileges,” Tressel said back in March after disclosing the fact that Newsome was in his doghouse.
Even with Tressel’s departure, Newsome did not appear on Ohio State’s official preseason roster, which was released Thursday at Big Ten Media Days in Chicago. One day later, current Head Coach Luke Fickell said Newsome’s absence was related to academics and that he would not be a part of the 105-man roster during fall camp.
Newsome’s high school coach, Cleveland (Oh.) Glenville’s Ted Ginn Sr., told The Columbus Dispatch on Thursday that although he remained in classes at Ohio State over the summer, Newsome was planning to transfer.
He recorded 14 tackles last season as a special teams player, but did make the first and only start of his career in week three of the 2010 season against Ohio University.
With Andrew Sweat moving over to replace Ross Homan at the Will outside linebacker spot and Etienne Sabino competing at middle linebacker, Newsome may very well have been the No. 1 Sam outside linebacker on the OSU depth chart.
Instead, Newsome will have to sit out this season at Ball State under transfer rules, but he will have two years of eligibility remaining at the start of next season.
A number of Newsome’s former Glenville teammates already play for the Cardinals, including receivers Shane Bell and Torieal Gibson, linebackers Travis Freeman and Aaron Morris and cornerback Jason Pinkston. Both Freeman and Pinkston graduated with Newsome in 2009. Freeman even accompanied Newsome on his visit to Columbus for the 2008 spring game.
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