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Report: Former Ohio State DE Noah Spence Will Transfer To Eastern Kentucky

After being ruled permanently ineligible by the Big Ten, many expected talented former Ohio State defensive end Noah Spence to enter the 2015 NFL Draft. Instead, he will reportedly spend his senior season at the FCS level. According to John Owning from Football Insiders, Spence is transferring to Eastern Kentucky.

A source close to the situation has told Football Insiders that former Ohio State defensive end Noah Spence will transfer to Eastern Kentucky for his senior season.

This comes as a bit of a surprise as Noah Spence announced that he was entering the NFL draft back in November. Spence was widely regarded as a first-round talent, but character concerns about his dismissal from Ohio State caused his stock to drop.

Spence was suspended indefinitely by Ohio State in September after a failed drug test, before the Big Ten's ruling. As a sophomore in 2013, Spence started 13 games for the Buckeyes, racking up eight sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss. 

In November, Spence indicated that he would enter the NFL Draft via Twitter.

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Instead, Spence will spend a year in Richmond, Kentucky playing for the Colonels. Spence's father Greg appears to back the decision.

Spence will likely remain on the NFL's radar, and with a big season at EKU, he may still realize that first-round potential.

[Football Insiders]