One of the Ohio State players who has been deciding whether or not to declare for the 2018 NFL draft hinted at his decision on Saturday night.
Ohio State running back Mike Weber, who said after the Cotton Bowl that he had not yet made up his mind on whether to stay in school or go pro, simply tweeted three words on Saturday night – "One more year" – that led to a stream of excited and appreciative replies from not only Buckeyes fans, but Ohio State offensive lineman Branden Bowen as well.
My brother lets do this thing https://t.co/ijr5MjSP6X— Branden Bowen (@BrandenBowen) January 7, 2018
Should Weber be returning to Ohio State for the 2018 season, the Buckeyes will be set to enter their entire scholarship roster of running backs from 2017 – led by Weber and J.K. Dobbins, but also including Antonio Williams and Demario McCall – while adding three incoming freshmen in Jaelen Gill (who is expected to play H-back), Brian Snead and Master Teague III.
Weber has two remaining seasons of eligibility at Ohio State, but as a third-year sophomore, was eligible to declare for the 2018 NFL draft. Assuming he returns for the upcoming year, however, Weber could potentially have the opportunity to graduate before leaving for the 2019 NFL draft.
After running for 1,096 yards and nine touchdowns in 2016, Weber missed time due to a hamstring injury and fell to second on the depth cart behind Dobbins in 2017, but still ran for 626 yards and 10 touchdowns while averaging 6.2 yards per carry.