The captain of Ohio State's secondary this past season will be staying with the Buckeyes for one more year.
Jordan Fuller announced on Thursday that he will not enter the 2019 NFL draft, instead opting to remain at Ohio State for his senior year.
A starting safety for the Buckeyes for each of the past two seasons, Fuller likely would have been selected in the middle rounds of the draft if he declared for early entry. Fuller indicated in interview sessions leading up to the Rose Bowl, however, that he was not entirely pleased with his play this past season.
“To be honest, I feel like I just played OK,” Fuller said on Dec. 26. “I played solid, but I didn't make the big plays I wanted to make like game-changing plays. I was kind of bummed out about that.”
Now, Fuller will look to play up to his personal standard as a senior and potentially improve his stock for the 2020 NFL draft in the process. Additionally, staying at Ohio State will give Fuller – an Academic All-American for each of the past two years – the opportunity to complete his degree before leaving school.
Fuller will be one of two returning captains for the Buckeyes next season, along with linebacker Tuf Borland, and will unquestionably be looked up to as one of the team's top leaders for 2019.
With Brendon White also back in the fold for next season, Ohio State will return both of its starting safeties.