Report: Roby Returning for Junior Season at OSU
By Brandon Castel
COLUMBUS, Ohio — It’s been a big recruiting weekend for Urban Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes. They picked up verbal pledges from a pair of much-needed All-American linebackers on back-to-back days, but even that doesn’t compare to the commitment Ohio State received Saturday evening.
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According to a report from The Columbus Dispatch, which has been confirmed by The-Ozone, cornerback Bradley Roby has made his decision about the NFL, specifically that it will have to wait another year. According to Roby’s family, the first-team All-Big Ten corner will return to Ohio State next season rather than turning pro after his redshirt sophomore year with the Buckeyes.
The Georgia native was a critical playmaker on Meyer’s first team at Ohio State, a group that turned things around from 6-7 a year ago to go undefeated under the new coaching staff in Columbus.
Roby led the Big Ten with 19 passes broken up, and his play helped the Buckeyes re-make a defense that struggled early in the year. They turned things around in November, however, when they were second in the country in total defense, allowing just 269.7 yards per game.
His return could go a long way in helping the Buckeyes make another run at perfection – and this time a national championship – in 2013.
“A national championship next year would definitely be a good incentive, a good reason to come back,” Roby said towards the end of the season.
“Who wouldn't want to play for a national championship? That's definitely a good goal for our team, and maybe next year we can get there.”
It would have been a lot more difficult without Roby, considering the Buckeyes will already be forced to replace senior Travis Howard on the other side. St. Vincent-St. Mary product Doran Grant will likely replace Howard, but there is not telling who would have stepped in to fill Roby’s shoes.
He was one of the top cornerbacks in the country this season, despite the fact he redshirting during his first year at Ohio State back in 2010. But OSU cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs believes Roby has only scratched the surface of what he can be as a football player.
“I don’t think he’s ready yet,” Coombs said back in November.
“I think his best days are ahead of him, I think he’s going to be a great player, but I think he needs more time, more seasoning. Even just to look at the progress he’s made, certainly, from March until November, but even from September to November gives you an indication of how good he can be.”
Coombs believed Roby wanted to be a part of Ohio State’s national championship run in 2013, and said he was looking forward to coaching him for another season. The-Ozone has been reporting all along that Roby would likely return for his redshirt junior season at Ohio State.
The Buckeyes already lost junior Johnathan Hankins to an early departure, but we are expecting tailback Carlos Hyde will join Roby in his return to Columbus next season.
(Editor's Note: Since the time of this report, both Bradley and his family have confirmed to The-Ozone that he will definitely return for the 2013 season at Ohio State).
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