Matthew Burrell announced a few weeks ago that he was transferring from Ohio State, but now he has a destination: Sam Houston State.
By transferring to an FCS program, the former four-star interior lineman will be eligible to play immediately and will not have to sit out a year.
Not sitting out... Committed & Playing football next year @ Sam Houston State— Matthew Burrell Jr (@Burrell_69) May 8, 2018
Though he came to Ohio State as one of the highest-rated linemen in the country, Burrell was never able to crack the starting lineup, losing the backup guard job to Demetrius Knox last season and the center spot to Brady Taylor and Josh Myers this season.
Now, he'll get his chance where he'll likely be a day-one starter.
Burrell spoke with Eleven Warriors about his decision to leave the program, saying that while he was disappointed and frustrated with how things went, he knows Ohio State set him up for success.
"Don’t get me wrong, no matter how everything went, Ohio State is still the best in every aspect of college football," Burrell said. "I say that because I’ve been put in a position to go wherever I want to as far as a D1AA school that can get me into the NFL one day, finish my degree and meet the standards. Just because I’ve played enough at Ohio State and put my name out there."