Wide receiver Alex Stump is no longer with the Ohio State football team.
When the team began spring practice on Tuesday, Stump was not on the field or on the roster. An Ohio State spokesman confirmed his departure from the team. According to Urban Meyer, Stump will transfer. The wide receiver confirmed on Twitter he is headed to Vanderbilt.
His full statement:
I would like to thank Ohio State for all they have done for me these past two years. I have grown as a player and a person and I will cherish my time here. However, it is in my best interest to move on and pursue a new opportunity.
I am extremely excited to announce I will be transferring to Vanderbilt University to further my athletic and academic careers. I can't wait to join the Vanderbilt family and get to work with Coach Hankton and Mason! #AnchorDown
This move brings Ohio State to 86 scholarships, as long as 2017 kicker Blake Haubeil grayshirts this fall, which has always been the plan.
Stump battled injuries in his brief Buckeye career, forcing a redshirt during the 2015 season. He saw minimal snaps this past season and caught one pass for eight yards in Ohio State's 58-0 win over Rutgers on Oct. 1.
The Lakewood, Ohio, native was one of two receivers in the 2015 class along with K.J. Hill, though Torrance Gibson moved to the position after playing quarterback in high school.