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Former Ohio State defensive lineman Malik Barrow will return to football, transfer this fall

The former four-star recruit has dealt with a number of serious injuries during his career.

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

Following a number of injuries, including a torn ACL in the 2017 game against UNLV, Ohio State defensive lineman Malik Barrow announced that he would be retiring from football last October. However, on Tuesday morning, the former four-star prospect from Tampa, Fla. announced that he would be returning to the college gridiron this fall, but not as part of the Buckeye squad.

Due to his injury history, Barrow could be eligible to receive a medical hardship waiver, allowing him to have a sixth year as a college football player. If the NCAA does grant him the extra year, he will have three years of eligibility remaining, and is able to play immediately for his new school.

The 6-foot-2, 280-pound lineman only played in two games for the Buckeyes, but came in with a ton of hype and anticipation. Unfortunately, his potential was never able to be reached in Columbus, but we wish the talented lineman the best wherever he decides to continue his playing career.

The Buckeye defensive line will have a strong stable of players in 2019, led by Chase Young, Robert Landers, Davon Hamilton, Jonathon Cooper, and more.