Ohio State redshirt freshman defensive lineman Tracy Sprinkle has been arrested and suspended indefinitely, pending the outcome of his legal situation. The news was first reported by 11W's Kyle Rowland before being confirmed by the university. Sprinkle redshirted last season after enrolling early in January of 2013 and playing in last year's Ohio State spring game.
Sprinkle was booked on charges of possession of drugs, drug paraphernalia, rioting/failure to disperse. Melissa Linebrink of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram first reported the charges. Her original report also mentioned heroin, but it was later amended to reflect that the initial police information provided to the paper was incorrect. Multiple other outlets also confirmed with Lorain police that heroin possession was not one of the charges. It's unclear at this time the specifics of the situation, which had also been described as "bar altercation"-related.
The 6'3, 283-pound DE is a product of Elyria, OH's Elyria High, where he was a 247Sports Composite three-star in OSU's 2013 recruiting class. He was the 637th ranked prospect in the class of 2013, the 34th best strong side defensive end, and the 37th ranked player from the state of Ohio.
Though Sprinkle was unexpected to immediately rise up the depth chart of an already loaded defensive line, it remains unclear what the future will hold for Ohio State's handling of the situation. The Buckeyes are already at their NCAA mandated reduced roster size of 82. If Sprinkle were ultimately dismissed, the roster management implications would effectively be the opening of another scholarship for 2015 (and beyond).