There'd been smoke all week. At long last there's fire, following Ricquan Southward's not-so-abrupt departure from the Ohio State football team.
Urban Meyer's having a fire sale. Well, not literally, but for the third time in roughly a week, Ohio State has a vacant scholarship. Following Tyrone Williams' dismissal for a violation of team rules and then Jamie Wood hanging up his cleats after battling a string of shoulder injuries, The OZone's Brandon Castel was the first to report (as had been rumored for much of the week) that freshman wide out Ricquan Southward was leaving the Ohio State Buckeyes:
Confirmed: WR Ricquan Southward has officially left the #OhioState football team voluntarily, for personal reasons.— Brandon Castel (@BCastOZone) October 5, 2012
Southward was a three star talent who originally committed to the Buckeyes in November of 2011 after being recruited by then wide receivers coach Stan Drayton. What those reasons are will have to remain open to speculation and whether or not (as has been the case at places like Alabama) anyone steered him towards that decision is also still open to debate.
One way or another, the Buckeyes suddenly have three vacant scholarships with three already docked against them as punishment related to the team's memorabilia-for-tattoos scandal and the Bobby DiGeronimo fall out.