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Ohio State defensive lineman Dre’Mont Jones will return for 2018

Like Parris Campbell, Jones has decided that the NFL can wait at least one more year.

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Matt Tamanini Matt Tamanini is the co-managing editor of Land-Grant Holy Land having joined the site in 2016.

As the deadline for underclassmen to declare for the NFL Draft approaches, one of the big names that Ohio State coaches and fans have been waiting to hear from is defensive lineman Dre’Mont Jones. And today, the Cleveland native confirmed via social media, that he would return to Ohio State for the 2018 season.

On the heels of H-back/wide receiver Parris Campbell announcing that he too would return to Columbus for another year, the Buckeyes are seeing more of their potentially draftable underclassman return in 2018 than they have in years past.

After a freshman All-America season in 2016, Jones netted 20 total tackles this past year, including five for loss, to bring his two-year career total to nine.

With Sam Hubbard leaving early for the NFL and Tracy Sprinkle, Tyquan Lewis, and Jalyn Holmes exhausting their eligibility, defensive line coach Larry Johnson now knows that he can build the next iteration of the Rushmen around two experienced studs in Jones and Nick Bosa.