Jamel Dean, a four-star defensive back who enrolled early at Ohio State this winter, will be leaving the Buckeyes' program, Eleven Warriors first reported earlier today.
The 6-foot-2, 200-pound cornerback has dealt with multiple knee injuries over the past couple of years and was not cleared by Ohio State's medical staff. He has not been practicing with the Buckeyes spring. Dean, ranked the No. 32 cornerback in the 2015 class by 247 Sports' Composite Rankings, will be leaving OSU altogether.
The situation greatly upsets Dean's high school coach, according to a report by Doug Lesmerises of Cleveland.com.
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From Cleveland.com's report:
The high school football coach of Ohio State freshman Jamel Dean feels the Buckeyes are denying Dean his place on the team over a typical injury.
"It's ridiculous," John Wilkinson told Northeast Ohio Media Group on Wednesday. "It's totally wrong to do this to an 18-year-old kid who should be in high school, who you talked into coming up there early.
"You can't treat people this way."
Dean tore his ACL during his junior season at Cocoa High School in Florida, but played a full season as a senior. He re-injured his knee prior to the Semper Fidelis All-American Game in January. Dean was one of four players in the 2015 class to enroll early in Columbus.
Ohio State has yet to comment on the situation.
The Buckeyes open their season Sept. 7 against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg.