With every passing day, the futures of Ohio State players and coaches have continued to come into sharper focus, as some announce that they will return to Columbus in 2019, while others depart for opportunities elsewhere.
Today, fourth-year junior Damon Arnette made his decision known, and the cornerback will return to the Buckeye secondary for one final season.
The Fort Lauderdale, Florida, native came to Columbus from the football factory of St. Thomas Aquinas high school that also produced Nick and Joey Bosa, but his on-field career hasn’t yet taken off like his fellow former Raiders’ has.
Despite that, Arnette spent two years as a starter in the Ohio State secondary, and after redshirting as a true freshman, Arnette wracked up 105 tackles, including three for loss (all as a sophomore in 2017), in three years for the Buckeyes. He also has four career interceptions and 14 passes defended.
With Arnette’s somewhat surprising return, he will be a veteran presence for young corners Jeffrey Okudah and Shaun Wade, both of whom showed tremendous potential as the 2018 season progressed.