Fourth-year junior offensive lineman Matthew Burrell announced via social media on Wednesday that he is transferring from the Ohio State football program.
Burrell, from Woodbridge, Virginia, was a valuable reserve guard for the Buckeyes in 2016 and 2017. He earned letters in each of the past two seasons, playing in 25 of OSU’s 27 games in that span.
Burrell signed with Ohio State as the No. 7 offensive guard prospect in the 2015 recruiting class. He redshirted as a true freshman.
The weeks after spring football are known for transfers as players are able to take stock of their current position on their respective team’s depth chart.
Burrell spent his first three years as a Buckeye as an offensive guard, but shifted to center in the offseason in order to compete for the open center position. He was competing with fifth-year senior Brady Taylor and redshirt freshman Josh Myers for the role. Early on in spring practice, however, it was Taylor and Myers competing for the starting spot.
As a veteran, Burrell was instrumental in helping the young offensive linemen on the team get up to speed, including Myers, as well as true freshman center Matthew Jones.
The transfer presumably leaves the Buckeyes at 87 scholarship players, which is two over the limit of 85. They will need to be down to 85 when fall camp rolls around, which has never been a problem.