Per multiple reports, sophomore offensive lineman Marcelys Jones will be leaving Ohio State effective immediately. With a deep line-up to crack, Jones didn't see much playing time as a true freshman and is now visiting other schools in what is being considered a "mutual agreement" between him and Ohio State.
UPDATE: Ohio State has confirmed that Jones has left the program.
One of three players in 2014 to come from the Cleveland Glenville High School pipeline established by Ted Ginn Sr. and Jim Tressel, Jones joined Marshon Lattimore and Erick Smith in Columbus. This important recruiting relationship has thinned, with the incoming 2015 class being the first in 13 years without a Glenville player; but the school has been a great source of talent for the Buckeyes over the years. Jones was even noted as one of the best this spring by teammate Taylor Decker.
"Marcelys Jones is probably the best athlete in the room." Taylor Decker on the sophomore OG from Glenville.— Tony Gerdeman (@GerdOZone) March 10, 2015
Losing a player, especially one built like Jones (6'4, 315 pounds), is never a good thing, but it does give the Buckeyes some wiggle room with their 2015 roster. With Jones leaving, Ohio State will have an additional scholarship to award, as the NCAA limits Division I schools to 85 scholarship players, and they currently sit at 84.
It's still early to try and surmise where Jones might end up, but Kentucky Twitter is very excited about getting their chance to talk to him.
KSR: Marcelys Jones given permission to speak to UK http://t.co/14IFHWX0gn #BBN— UKWildcatSports (@UKWildcatSports) June 18, 2015