Ohio State great Cardale Jones has largely flown under the radar the last few years, since leaving his alma mater. While he may be working hard to keep his NFL dream alive, he’s also giving back to his home state of Ohio.
According to Eleven Warriors, Jones and former Ohio State coach Eric Lichter have opened a new training facility in Columbus. The facility, Plus Two University, will offer “a wide variety of training programs for people of all ages, including adult boot camps, elite athlete training and pro day training for small school college programs…”
In an interview with the outlet, Jones explained that the facility is not exclusively meant for great athletes and potential college players, but rather those who would use athletics to gain self-confidence and cope with problems in their lives.
“Our target audience isn’t the freak athletes that’s no matter who they train with, no matter where they go are going to have a bright, athletic career. Our target audience is pretty much the kids that’s struggling maybe with bullying or struggling with confidence or struggling kids that are 12 years old but athletically and physically they are 9 years old,” Jones said. “Me personally, I think they’re going to gain a lot of self-confidence. A lot of awareness and a lot of determination and hard work.”
Per the report, Lichter will largely run the day-to-day operations with Jones training there in the offseason and appearing as often as possible.
Jones was an in-state recruit for the Buckeyes in 2012, but was largely relegated to spot duty behind Braxton Miller and later J.T. Barrett until the Michigan game in 2014.
Barrett was injured in the game, forcing Jones into the starting lineup right as the Buckeyes began their run in the first-ever College Football Playoff. In three games as a starter he helped lead the team to a Big Ten title win over Wisconsin, followed by a Sugar Bowl win over Alabama and culminating in a national title win over Oregon.
Despite his part in Ohio State’s historic College Football Playoff victory, he ultimately lost the starting job back to Barrett the following season.
Jones declared for the NFL Draft at the end of the 2015 season, and was drafted in the fourth round by the Buffalo Bills.
After seeing the field only sparingly in his rookie season, he was traded to the Los Angeles Chargers the following year. He has spent the last two seasons on and off the active roster and was most recently signed to a reserve/future contract with the team in January.