Safety Jayme Thompson Granted Ohio State Release, Will Visit Kentucky

By Kyle Rowland on April 16, 2014 at 12:11p
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Redshirt freshman safety Jayme Thompson will transfer from Ohio State, Eleven Warriors has confirmed. The story was first reported by BuckeyeGrove.com.

"I just needed a change of scenery," Thompson told Eleven Warriors. 

Thompson, a Toledo native, will receive his release from Ohio State. Justin Rowland, of Rivals.com, reported Thompson will visit Kentucky for its spring game.

Penn State, Louisville, Missouri, Syracuse, Rutgers and West Virginia are also on Thompson's radar, Eleven Warriors has learned. He originally committed to the Mountaineers during the recruiting process before de-committing and choosing Ohio State.

Thompson redshirted last season after suffering a broken ankle in fall camp. He would have three seasons of eligibility remaining after sitting out a year due to NCAA rules. 

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Seattle Linga's picture

Wishing him a bright future no matter where he lands.

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Brandon26841's picture

Well, they're down to 82 scholarships now.

 

Kinds tough for a young safety to see the field right now with the top 3 safeties all being sophomores and presumably will have those spots locked down for the next 2-3 years.

Barnsey69's picture

And viola, a spot for a Bama lineman.

I am a modern-art masterpiece.

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mh277907's picture

Never really like seeing guys leave the team but I like where your head is at. It certainly couldn't hurt to add Lindsey. Hopefully it works out for both parties - we get Lindsey and Thompson gets significant playing time somewhere else. Best of luck Jayme.

buckeyebobcat

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

If Ohio State was one scholarship over prior to Thompson transferring then how do you figure his leaving opens up a spot for someone not currently on the roster?

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mh277907's picture

If Urban and company didn't feel that a spot would be available for Lindsey then why would he have visited in the first place? Like I said, I never like seeing players leave but obviously the staff believes that there is more attrition to come.

buckeyebobcat

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

Right and I agree with you. I was really responding to the original poster. The coaches obviously have a much better feel on the exact roster space. That being said Thompson leaving doesn't in and of itself mean there's a spot for a transfer. We don't even know what the level of interest is from the staff in regards to Lindsey.
 

RunEddieRun1983's picture

Definitely sad to hear, but he's doing what's best for him.  He plays a deep position that will only get deeper during fall camp.  Probably a smart move by him, wish him the best of luck.

I don't always downvote, but I do always downvote a Michigan fan trolling the Buckeye boards.

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cinserious's picture

At OSU under Urban Meyer, every position is a deep position. Only the strong survive.

Gone ham, be back soon...

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woodcocklives@osu's picture

Then what the hell happnend on defense last year?

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RunEddieRun1983's picture

You, aka lack of experience, too many cooks in the kitchen in terms of coaching, brand new D Line... There was a lot to be desired during last years defensive performances.

I don't always downvote, but I do always downvote a Michigan fan trolling the Buckeye boards.

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Toilrt Paper's picture

You haven''t figured it out yet???? EVERETT WITHERS!

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TheNorthernBuckeye's picture

Obviously no one really knows why he is leaving but in my eyes Urban has created a more intense and competitive culture and if that's the cause for players transferring so be it. It's not for everyone and you can't blame them for seeking the best for themselves. Everyone wins in the long run. Best of luck. 

"You're an angry football team, and I'm proud to be your coach." - UFM

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Furious George 27's picture

If I had to guess its Burrows and Bell that have the inside track to start, barring injury thats 2-3 years as a back up.

Yeah, well…that’s just like, your opinion, man.

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TheBadOwl's picture

Powell was named as the most impressive safety and a sure-fire starter. Burrows and Bell are battling for the last spot, or maybe the nickel spot depending on what they decide to do there, if they want it to be a third safety or a third corner.

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

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southbuc's picture

And Urban has mentioned Erik SMith to come in early and contribute.  He saw the writing that he was never going to play...

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toad1204's picture

Are you questioning his work ethic coming off an injury?

 

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

edr4225's picture

aww man, i was hoping he could breakout, oh well, hopefully he finds a good fit at kentucky or elsewhere 

lets go bucks!!

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Chief B1G Dump's picture

Being a Toledo guy (even if it is Central) I was hoping he would have a solid Buckeye career.
Im speculating, but perhaps he saw the writung on the wall and wants to see the field...somewhere.

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RedStorm45's picture

Reported by Justin Rowland...is that sibling props given by Kyle?

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Kyle Rowland's picture

Haha, no. Just another solid name. 

1MechEng's picture

As a Toledo resident, I was hoping that Jayme would succeed like Jack Mewhort, and open up the pipeline to OSU a little bit for more of the higher profile local talent.

I wish him well as he moves on from the program.

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Jeremy Birmingham's picture

Pee-Wee Gambrell, Kenny Hayes and now Jayme..not a lot of success from Toledo happening in Columbus on the gridiron.

Codeezy's picture

Dane Sanzenbacher and Jack Mewhort disagree. Kovacs from scum went to clay which is in the city league also. I'll agree that some Toledo kids haven't worked out, but it's not all bad!

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Jeremy Birmingham's picture

Nope, 40-percent isn't really good either, haha.

buckeyedude's picture

I think Chris Wormley is going to start for TTUN this fall. He's pretty good and wished we could have gotten him.

 

 

BiElEmAsDoUbLeChIn's picture

And some dude named Eric page who owns a couple records!!

Jeremy Birmingham's picture

Yes, but he went to Toledo, not Ohio State.

BiElEmAsDoUbLeChIn's picture

That I realize!! My point is that page wanted to be a buckeye in the worst way! To bad the staff at the time didn't-Plus page lived in holland not toledo so I guess it's a moot point! ;)

osubuck57's picture

Best of luck to him. Bad break on the injury last year. Probably put him behind and he saw the depth shaking out. Hope he becomes a starter elsewhere.

SCOTTC.

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otrain2416's picture

Best of Luck to Jayme where ever he ends up. 

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jamesrbrown322's picture

Hate to hear this, as the defensive backfield as whole was so shaky last year. I always feel like you can never have too many DBs on a team, so the loss of depth hurts, but they'll bring in quality players with the next recruiting cycle, so best of luck to the young man...as long as he doesn't end up at PSU.

"I can accept failure, but I cannot accept not trying." - W.W. Hayes

BroJim's picture

Good luck, Kid. Now we have room for one more in the 2015 class.

I season my simple food with hunger

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Catch 5's picture

Not yet.  Now there is room for everyone from the 2014 class.

Make their asses quit! - Nick Saban

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BroJim's picture

Ahhh, thanks Catch!

I season my simple food with hunger

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BuckeyeJ's picture

How bout bama? Tenn? Is there room enough for the xtra they took

Catch 5's picture

I don't know about Tennessee, but my understanding is that they were way below the 85 the last couple of years.  Bama is sitting at 4 over as best as I can tell.

Make their asses quit! - Nick Saban

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bergy22's picture

Jayme Thompson took down a criminal in a Toledo Kroger parking lot. Hate to see him go. you know he could tackle.

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TheBadOwl's picture

He always seemed like a great kid in the interviews and I know that he'll do great things wherever he ends up. I heard he was pushing to start at nickel last year before he broke his ankle. Just an unlucky injury, really.

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

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LouBuck35's picture

Unfortunately, we will see more of this in the future. Urbs will always recruit over someone, even if they are a prized recruit - that is how you build quality depth. Survival of the fittest and next man up. This kind of environment encourages everybody to always be fighting for their spot and discourages complacency. Best of luck to Jayme moving forward.

I want a fall Saturday in Ohio Stadium..

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TheBadOwl's picture

Not sure it counts as "recruiting over someone" when our safeties were terrible last year.

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

Will in Arizona's picture

Christian Bryant was solid until he got hurt.  Not a superstar or anything, but definitely the guy who would talk a lot of trash and deliver the big hits (sometimes whiffing, unfortunately).

TheBadOwl's picture

Yeah, CB2 was solid, but the rest of it was kind of cringe-worthy, and that of course took up most of the season.

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

LouBuck35's picture

It may not apply as much in Jayme's situation.  My point is more that, no matter what your ranking, star rating, or if you're a starter -  your spot isn't safe year to year.  You are promised only the opportunity to compete.  Just because there was a great haul this year for LBs doesn't mean that the coaching staff will take 2015 off and assume we're good with what we have.  Not every recruit, even the studs, will make a contribution equivalent to their hype.  That's why we will continue to see 4 star and maybe even some 5s transfer out of the program when the writing is on the wall.

I want a fall Saturday in Ohio Stadium..

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Stellar's picture

To be fair this happened frequently under Tressel too.  Guys who aren't fitting in for whatever reason or are unhappy with their spot on the depth chart and chances for playing time decide to move on to another school. It happens every year here and at pretty much every other major program.

WesPatterson23's picture

Wish Jayme the best of luck! But, Malik Hooker and Erick Smith will have to step up. And do you think Sam Hubbard could see time at safety this year?

Brandon26841's picture

And do you think Sam Hubbard could see time at safety this year?

0% chance, IMO.

 

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jamesrbrown322's picture

Thanks for reminding me of Erick Smith. When I was thinking about their safeties this year I completely forgot him. Hopefully he is as good as advertised.

 

"I can accept failure, but I cannot accept not trying." - W.W. Hayes

WesPatterson23's picture

He looked really good in the Army All American Game! Should be a great fit!

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DMcDougal24's picture

This is too bad. I remember seeing him almost make an interception during the spring game (I think he'd admit he should have caught it) but he seemed to put himself in the right position, which is sometimes more than half the battle for a safety. Safety is such a thin position right now that I hate to see anyone go, regardless of their placement on the depth chart. Good luck where ever you end up Jayme. 

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Johnny-Shane_Utah-Falco's picture

I'm thinking Ron Tanner is underrated and will help this year...if given the chance.

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SilverBullet-98's picture

I agree, I think Ron Tanner is the most under-rated DB we have, I was really pulling for Jayme Thompson.

I followed his recruitment pretty close, the kid has a lot of talent. He will be a stud for somebody.

"The Past Builds the Future"

gm3jones's picture

Nothing but the best for you young man! Wishing for properous career where ever you land.

There is nothing more remarkable as learning to think better.

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vball10set's picture

He'll end up a Toledo Rocket ;)

 

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buckeyedude's picture

If he was smart, that's what he'd do. Toledo has a history of putting a few players in the NFL.

 

 

 

DC-town's picture

We're not 'recruiting over' anyone...we bring in about 23 players a year with 2 being 3-star and 2 being 5-star, so almost every player is a four star athlete- 

players want to play, which is a reason that penn st is getting so many peeps rigt now- tho is the year they can sell that-

 best of luck Jam

'Piss excellence' -RB

AlwayzABuckeye614's picture

Damn another?? Hell I just found out Najee Murray transferred to Kent! What is going on with these guys transfering?? Can they not take the pressure of competition or what??

Jeremy Cash gone

Najay Murray gone

Jayme Thompson gone

Wood -DB gone with injury

Im sure there are others that have left for whatever reason.

 

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luckynutz's picture

Cash was a direct result of meyer being hired. He didnt well with him, and wasnt shy about that being the reason he transferred. Murray, if im not mistaken, was based on a pattern of behavior that didnt mesh with the core beliefs of the program. Jamie wood had shoulders issues throughout his career...could never stay healthy enough. And thompson...who knows. Could be his spot on the depth chart. Could be more. Either way...this is something that comes with being a top tier program. Especially one that recruits at as high a level as this one.

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Toilrt Paper's picture

The days of waiting your turn are over. For many if they aren't a starter by their Sophomore year, they run to the next chance to play. They figure they won't get drafted if they aren't playing.....silly of them to think they will good enough to play in the NFL if they aren't starting for Ohio State.

Bamabucknut's picture

Sometimes your not meant to play for a top 5 team.

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luckynutz's picture

Kind of uncalled for, dont ya think? Theres many reasons he could be transferring that have nothing to do with his on field ability. Kids come to ohio state to compete. And insinuating he isnt worthy is kind of crass and unfair.

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skid21's picture

Well maybe it is crass and unfair but a player leaving OSU and going to UK's spring game says a lot. Get back to us when UK football is even in the same stratosphere as OSU. Let's not ignore the obvious.

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luckynutz's picture

What...that hes visiting a potential transfer spot? Bet you said the same about jeremy cash when he left for duke, right? How'd that work out for him? Exactly...just because you leave one school for a lesser school doesn't mean you aren't talented enough. Just means maybe some things fell the wrong way and you ended up behind a couple guys. Doesn't make him unworthy of playing for a top flight program. Just make him unlucky, and realistic about hi s chance of succeeding elsewhere.

NYCBuckeye's picture

And other times, you're not meant to use proper grammar.

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FROMTHE18's picture

With Smith coming in, I think we are fine at Safety depth…best of luck to Thompson

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EDUGOON's picture

Good luck to Jayme Thompson and his future. This is something we have to get used to being a top flight program. Guy's are going to leave because they aren't measuring up to potential Day 1 draft picks were stockpiling in recruiting. It's the only way to stay in the hunt for a national title. It will be interesting to see in the next year what happens on the offensive side of the ball where we are overloaded at the skill position. There will be an odd man or two out. Only the strong will survive at the Wood Hayes practice facility.

"We Don't Believe You, You Need More People"- Hova #GOBUCKS #FreeElGuapo #Famthik

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southbuc's picture

Some of this is intentional "Roster Structuring"

osubuckeye4life's picture

The best of luck to Jayme in the future!

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Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Hate to see anybody leave the Buckeyes but I wish him the best of luck!

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

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mtrotb's picture

Well I was wondering when this was going to start happening.  Who is next?  Any 3rd year soph or 4th year junior who is not in the 2 deep needs to take a serious look and decide is this is the best place for their playing career.  Of course when the players have a meeting with their position coach now that spring ball is over, they may be encourage to look elsewhere as well.  Epitroupolous will never play here, Warren Ball not much, 1 or 2 olineman as well.  Will be interesting to see what shakes out.

mtrotb

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Toilrt Paper's picture

Some know it is far better for job opportunities to graduate from Ohio State and have your job application say 4 year member of Ohio State football team. What are the odds that a player is more apt to get drafted if starting for Ohio State as a Senior or Starting for Kentucky 2 years?

Stellar's picture

This is disappointing but I can't say I'm surprised.  With the way Meyer kept talking about depth problems at safety this spring I figured some of the guys down the depth chart could be having issues.  Once Bell went out with an injury nearly all the first team reps at Safety went to Powell and Burrows while most other positions continued to rotate guys in.  Meyer has also said several times how he was waiting for Erik Smith to get here and fill out the depth chart at safety which also raised some red flags.

Predicted depth chart at safety:
1st team: Tyvis Powell and Vonn Bell
2nd Team: Cam Burrows and Erik Smith

That is a very young but extremely talented group.  I wonder where this leaves the one other experienced safety on the roster in Ron Tanner.  Hopefully he is able to make an impact as well.

NitroBuck's picture

Sad to see a first rate guy like Jayme Thompson leave the program, but I understand and wish him all the best.  Personally, I hope he ends up choosing WVU, as I do follow the Mountaineers a bit.  I'd much rather see him in Morgantown than at PSU or yUK.

Ferio, tego

pdan46's picture

I am sorry that Jayme is transferring.  He played at my HS and seemed to be a very good player and an even better person.  I will cheer for him wherever he lands!

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Art Harrell's picture

Good luck Jayme,wishing you the best wherever you play college football-Go Bucks

bull1214's picture

hard to make sense of a guy leaving when the position he plays isn't or shouldn't be seen as locked down after last years performance. it could mean other guys are stepping up, but potential doesn't mean deep.