Andy Katzenmoyer, Ohio State's premier linebacker, is leaving school for the NFL Draft, according to the Buckeyes defensive coordinator.
He becomes the second Ohio State player this week to say he won't be back.
On Wednesday, record-setting wide receiver David Boston announced he would give up his senior season to make himself available for the draft.
Word of Katzenmoyer's decision was broadcast by WBNS-TV and WSXY-TV, which reported confirmation from defensive coordinator Fred Pagac.
Katzenmoyer, who is 6-foot-4, 255-pounds, mailed his application for the draft to the NFL on Thursday, one day before the deadline.
"At times I thought he would stay," Pagac said. "He made the decision last night he would go."
| Andy Katzenmoyer set his sights on an NFL career. (AP) |
Coach John Cooper and the team's other coaches were in a meeting and unavailable to comment, according to a person who answered the phone at Cooper's office.
"We have no knowledge that he has made himself eligible for the draft," said Dan Jones, a spokesman for Ohio State's sports information office.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello would not say Friday if the league had received word from Katzenmoyer.
He said the league would release on Monday the list of underclassmen who have declared their eligibility for the draft.
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