Two Buckeyes Facing Academic Situations

With fall camp looming, the status of two former Glenville Tarblooders has been in doubt. BuckeyeSports.com caught up with Ray Small's father Ken to get the latest on both Small and Robert Rose. Get the latest in this update.

Senior wideout/returner Ray Small will be reporting with the rest of his Ohio State teammates when fall camp starts, his father Ken told BuckeyeSports.com. The status of defensive lineman Robert Rose remains in doubt, he said.

Ken Small said that his son, the reigning Big Ten leading punt returner, had a situation with a summer course but has come through it none the worse for wear.

"He did have a problem in history, but he got that straightened out," Small told BuckeyeSports.com. "He'll be reporting with the rest of the guys. He took two summer classes, one in his major which is sociology, and the other was history. I think he had a court date the day they were taking the final, but the professor let him take it. Everything is a go."

The court date involved a traffic violation, Small said. Small said his son had time to pay a fine and they forgot to do so, but have since paid and taken care of the situation. Court records show that the violation occurred Feb. 26 near the OSU Medical Center and that Small was fined $191. The case is listed as closed.

As for Rose, rumors have circulated that the senior-to-be will not be academically eligible to report for fall camp. Small, whose family is close with Rose, confirmed those rumors. Small and Rose were prep teammates at Cleveland Glenville and each were four-star prospect as judged by Scout.com.

"We were with him (Sunday) night and Rob did mention that to me," Small said. "Rob is in class and he will actually be eligible by him being in class. Football camp starts right near the end of his class.

"Right now if you looked Rob up, he would be ineligible. He is ineligible, but knowing him and his scholastics, he's a smart kid and he'll be eligible."

There are a number of factors that go into whether or not a player is eligible. According to OSU, eligibility for fall camp could hinge on if the student-athlete needed a certain number of hours during the summer quarter or a certain grade-point average in a certain number of hours.

Small said Rose started taking at least class two or three weeks ago and said he is unsure if it one class or more than that.

"Once that class ends, he'll be eligible," Small said. "I think it just started. I think this is the second or third week into the class. Rob will make it. He's a smart kid. "

A request to OSU regarding Rose's status was not immediately returned. The Buckeyes report for fall camp August 9th and start practicing the following day.

Rose is coming off a season where he played in all 13 games and recorded 10 tackles including three for loss and one sack. After an injury-shortened sophomore season, Rose had surgery on both his shoulders and took time working back into the dominant form he demonstrated in limited time as a sophomore. He was expected to be a major contributor on the line this season.

As for the younger Small, his father said the family explored entering the NFL's supplemental draft following his junior season but decided against it for a number of reasons.

"Certainly we did (discuss it) because at one point a couple teams were kind of interested, but we just felt you could've gone into the regular draft," he said. "Why wait and go into the supplemental draft? It didn't make sense. We crossed that out immediately."

Small's father said he did not want to name the teams that expressed interest in his son. Last year, Small averaged 15.2 yards per punt return with a long of 80 and returned one punt 69 yards for a score in week two against Ohio University.

As a wideout, he finished fourth on the team with 18 catches for 149 yards.

Small remains on track for graduation within the next year, his father said.

"They said he's definitely on course for his degree, and that's the whole point we stressed for him to stay here," he said. "He is too close. He's come this far, so why give it up? The NFL will be there next year. If you're going to make it, you're going to make it.

"This is the record-breaking season. If they kick it to him enough, we will be right, that's for sure."


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