Ohio State Defensive Back Rodjay Burns Transferring to Louisville

By Eric Seger on May 12, 2017 at 3:45 pm
Rodjay Burns is heading to Louisville
Rodjay Burns Instagram (@roddyb_)

Another backup defensive back is leaving Ohio State.

Rodjay Burns is transferring out of the football program, according to a post on his Instagram. Burns cited his father's health as the reason for his decision to move on from the Buckeyes.

Burns is the second player at his position to announce his intentions to leave the Buckeyes in the last week — the program confirmed Joshua Norwood's transfer on Tuesday.

The move puts Ohio State at 84 scholarships, one below the NCAA-mandated limit, provided kicker and 2017 signee Blake Haubeil grayshirts as has previously reported.

Burns was a three-star recruit from Louisville who flipped his commitment from the Cardinals to the Buckeyes 10 days ahead of national signing day 2016. Rumors swirled that Burns would ultimately sign with Louisville on Feb. 3, which the defensive back squashed just before putting pen on his Ohio State Letter of Intent.

Burns posted a since-deleted tweet in late November that he was "officially de-committing" from Ohio State with the hashtag #L1C4, which stands for Louisville 1st, Cards 4ever. He later deactivated his account.

Burns deleted tweet

Burns played in six games as a true freshman for the Buckeyes last fall and recorded one tackle. His best moment came in a 77-10 blowout of Bowling Green in the season opener, when Burns caught a tipped pass and ran it back 75 yards for the game's final touchdown.

The Mr. Kentucky Football runner-up in 2016, Burns is the second member of Ohio State's 2016 class to leave the program after enrolling. Urban Meyer said in March that offensive lineman Tyler Gerald "just quit." Three-star cornerback Kareem Felder signed with the Buckeyes in 2016 but did not enroll. He now plays for Toledo.

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