Linebacker Keandre Jones Transferring To Maryland

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Ohio State has confirmed that linebacker Keandre Jones has left the program, and a report says he is headed to Maryland.

Tuesday, the Terps announced that Jones has enrolled in spring semester classes in College Park.

Jones is a native of Maryland, and chose OSU over the Terps and Penn State coming out of high school. He was ranked as a four-star prospect, and the No. 98 player overall in the 2016 class.

Jones was originally committed to Maryland, but flipped to Ohio State after the Terps fired head coach Randy Edsall. Jones and Dwayne Haskins both decomitted from the Terps on the same day.

But while Haskins turned into a star with the Buckeyes and is headed for the NFL, Jones never found consistent playing time in Columbus. The biggest highlight of his time as a Buckeye was a blocked punt for a safety against Nebraska in 2018.

He has one year of eligibility left. Jones played in five games as a true freshman in 2016, and then in every game in 2017 and 2018. Most of that action came on special teams.

He finished 2018 with just 10 tackles.

Jones was viewed as a team leader, despite not being a starter. His absence may be felt more off the field than on it.

The Buckeyes still have a loaded linebacker unit, including returning starters Malik Harrison, Tuf Borland, and Pete Werner. Backups like Justin Hilliard, Baron Browning, Dallas Gant, Teradja Mitchell, and K’Vaughan Pope were all ranked as four-star prospects or better coming out of high school.

The departure of Jones means the Buckeyes now have 83 scholarship players currently on the roster and signed for the 2019 class.

They are actively recruiting at least one potential transfer on the offensive line, as well as several linemen in the 2019 class. And they are likely to add a transfer quarterback as well.

They have to have no more than 85 players on scholarship by the start of fall camp in August.

You can see the full scholarship chart, broken down by class and position below.

QBJack Miller
C.J. Stroud
Justin FieldsGunnar Hoak *4
RBSteele Chambers *
Miyan Williams
Marcus Crowley
Master Teague *
Demario McCall *
Trey Sermon
WRMookie Cooper
Julian Fleming
Gee Scott
Jaxon Smith-Njigba
Kamryn Babb *
Garrett Wilson
Jameson Williams
Elijah Gardiner *
Jaylen Harris *
Chris Olave
C.J. Saunders *11
TEJoe Royer
Cade Stover *
Jeremy RuckertLuke Farrell *
Jake Hausmann *
OLJosh Fryar
Ryan Jacoby *
Jakob James
Paris Johnson
Trey Leroux
Grant Toutant
Enokk Vimahi *
Luke Wypler
Dawand Jones
Matthew Jones *
Harry Miller
Nick Petit-Frere *
Max Wray *
Wyatt Davis *
Josh Myers *
Gavin Cupp *
Thayer Munford
DETy Hamilton
Noah Potter *
Zach Harrison
J. Jean-Baptiste *
Tyler Friday
Tyreke Smith
Jonathon Cooper *
DTJacolbe Cowan
Cormontae Hamilton *
Darrion Henry
Jaden McKenzie *
Taron Vincent *Jerron Cage *
Tommy Togiai
Haskell Garrett
Antwuan Jackson *
LBCody Simon
Tommy Eichenberg *
Mitchell Melton
Craig YoungDallas Gant
Teradja Mitchell
K'Vaughan Pope
Justin Hilliard *
Tuf Borland *
Baron Browning
Pete Werner
CBLejond Cavazos
Cameron Martinez
Ryan Watts
Tyreke Johnson *Sevyn Banks
Cameron Brown
Shaun Wade *
Marcus Williamson8
SAFRonnie Hickman *
Lathan Ransom
Bryson Shaw *
Kourt Williams
Marcus Hooker *Josh Proctor6
KBlake Haubeil1
PDrue Chrisman1



3 Responses

  1. Who??? Obviously a non-factor in the overall scheme of things…not sure why this is newsworthy. Well if you can’t hang with the big dogs go play with the pups!

  2. I will never be convinced he couldn’t/shouldn’t have been given more opportunity to play over Borland and Werner. Cant blame him for leaving.

    I think you may see an exodus of LBs after spring ball if it becomes apparent Borland and Werner will be grandfathered (favoritism) in. We could lose Browning, Pop, Mitchell. Kids these days just aren’t going for that nonsense…nor should they.

  3. Sorry to hear that happen, but understandable. Blessings and best of luck.

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