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Ohio State’s Marshon Lattimore will enter NFL Draft

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 31: Ohio State Buckeyes cornerback Marshon Lattimore (2) looks on during the Playstation Fiesta Bowl against the Ohio State Buckeyes at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 31, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Tigers defeated the Buckeyes 31-0. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire)
Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire

Ohio State cornerback Marshon Lattimore announced Wednesday via Uninterrupted and his Twitter account that he will forego his remaining eligibility for the scarlet and gray and take his shot to play in the NFL.

The four-star recruit coming out of Cleveland, Ohio (Glenville) redshirted in 2014 and saw infrequent playing time in the 2015 season due to a re-occurring hamstring injury.

However, even with Lattimore facing adversity in his first two years in Columbus, he only needed one full season to make his presence and name known within Buckeye Nation and the country.

Lattimore achieved first-team All-Big Ten honors and registered 41 total tackles of which 30 were unassisted, nine pass break-ups, and four interceptions with one of those picks being returned for a score.

Many draft specialists have Lattimore as one of the top corner prospects for the upcoming draft. ESPN’s Todd McShay has Lattimore projected as the No. 5 overall pick in his most recent mock draft.

Lattimore will join his fellow secondary members of Gareon Conley and Malik Hooker who have also announced that they will be entering the 2017 NFL Draft.

With the combination of Lattimore and Conley as high defensive back prospects, either one of them is looking to become the third Ohio State cornerback in three of the last four drafts to be to be selected in the first-round.

New York Giant’s cornerback Eli Apple was chosen 10th overall in last year’s draft and Denver Broncos’ cornerback Bradley Roby was the 31st overall pick in the 2014 draft.

Lattimore tallied an impressive 30.2 quarterback rating for balls thrown his way against opposing teams for cornerbacks in 2016. That was good enough for fifth best in the country at his position.

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