Just a day before it was set to begin spring practice, Ohio State is set to be down two Buckeyes.
After Ohio State announced wide receiver James Clark had decided to graduate in the spring with a finance degree and not return in 2017, Tim May of the Columbus Dispatch reported offensive lineman Tyler Gerald has left the Buckeye football program.
An OSU spokesman confirmed to Buckeye Sports that Gerald has indeed left the football team, but could not confirm Gerald's reasoning. According to the Dispatch, Gerald quit participating in off-season conditioning drills with the team.
Gerald's departure is the third along the Ohio State offensive line since the end of the 2016-17 season. Kyle Trout and Evan Lisle pursued transfers to Cincinnati and Duke respectively earlier in the year.
Gerald came to Ohio State as a 4-star prospect in the 2016 recruiting class out of IMG Academy. His 2016 OSU class finished second only to Alabama in the Scout team rankings.