With so many juniors exploring their NFL options and a rich tradition of Buckeyes leaving early, fans have pretty much braced themselves for the worst heading into the January 15th deadline to declare.
Tonight, the first junior to finalize his decision had good news for Buckeye Nation -- Brian Robiskie is coming back for another run in 2008.
Robo turned in pretty solid numbers with 55 receptions for 935 yards and 11 touchdowns on the year. He's a marketing major with a chance to become only the 6th Buckeye to twice be named Academic All-American and we know his pops has some scratch, so the news probably won't surprise many, but it's good news, nonetheless.
I know he's taken some heat for his 2nd quarter drop of a perfectly thrown Boeckman ball that would have tied the score, but if you go back and watch the play, it wasn't a drop -- Chevis Jackson just made a brilliant defensive play at the last moment.
Regardless, Boeckman can use all the help he can get next season and the return of his top 2 receivers can't hurt. Besides, it will give the guys another 12 months to figure out how to get open against SEC cornerbacks.
This leaves Laurinaitis, Freeman (probably gone), Gholston, Jenkins and Boone to make their decisions over the next 5 days. While Freeman, Gholston and Jenkins are ready and should go, I think that Laurinaitis and Boone would be smart to come back for another year of seasoning.