Darron Lee's decision on his future was anything but clear-cut, but ultimately the Ohio State redshirt sophomore linebacker thought he was best served to take his talents to the next level.
The former high school quarterback from New Albany High School turned hybrid linebacker behemoth announced his intentions to eschew his final two years of college eligibility and enter the 2016 NFL Draft. Lee announced his decision Saturday night on Twitter.
The next step. pic.twitter.com/RrReDit6PJ— Darron Lee (@DLeeMG8) January 3, 2016
Lee burst onto the scene as a terrific playmaker for Luke Fickell's defense during Ohio State's 2014 national title season, racking up 16.5 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks. His Buckeye career ends with nearly 150 total tackles and more than 25 tackles for loss, an interception return for a touchdown and two forced fumbles.
Lee finished with seven tackles and two sacks in Ohio State's 44-28 win over Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl New Year's Day.
He joins Ezekiel Elliott, Cardale Jones and Joey Bosa as Buckeyes set to leave Columbus with eligibility remaining.
The 2016 NFL Draft is set to get under way April 28 in Chicago.