Ohio State defensive back Joshua Norwood is transferring out of the Buckeye football program, an Ohio State spokesperson confirmed to Buckeye Sports on Tuesday morning.
A member of the 2015 recruiting class, Norwood redshirted his first year on campus before appearing in 11 games in 2016, mostly on special teams. He recorded eight tackles, including one for loss in his lone season of action in Columbus.
The Columbus Dispatch, which first reported the news of the transfer is also reporting that Norwood, a native of Valdosta, Ga., is set to transfer to Georgia Southern, a school in the Sun Belt Conference that made the jump from the FCS to FBS in 2014.
Norwood's departure comes after Ohio State brought in one of the most decorated recruiting classes in Urban Meyer's time with the Buckeyes. That class included multiple highly recruited defensive backs including Isaiah Pryor, Jeffery Okudah and Marcus Williamson, all of whom were early enrollees this spring for OSU. Norwood received limited playing time in Ohio State's 2017 spring game, collecting just one tackle.
Norwood's departure makes him the seventh Buckeye to either transfer out of the program or otherwise leave the program altogether. Offensive linemen Kyle Trout and Evan Lisle transferred following the season, as did quarterback turned wide receiver Torrance Gibson. Wide receiver James Clark is set to pursue a graduate transfer while Stephen Collier stepped away from football due to multiple injuries suffered. Tyler Gerald also left the program following the 2016-17 season for unknown reasons.