Ohio State Linebacker Darron Lee Declares for Draft

COLUMBUS -- Ohio State redshirt sophomore linebacker Darron Lee announced his intentions to declare for the NFL Draft on twitter Saturday night at 9:00 p.m.

Lee said, "After thourough research and careful consideration, I have decided to forego my last 2 years of eligibility and enter the NFL Draft."

"I would like to thank Coach Meyer and Coach Fickell as well as the rest of our coaching staff for giving me the opportunity of a lifetime that has changed my life forever."

"I feel it is in my best interest to take this next step in achieving my dream. These have been some of the greatest years of my life here at Ohio State and I am blessed and honored to be a Buckeye for the rest of my life."

"Thank you Buckeye Nation for accepting me with open arms and loving me just as I love you guys! It has been a pleasure to play for the greatest University on the planet, with the best teammates a guy could ask for. I will never forget my time here and most importantly all the fun we have had! OH-!!"

Lee ends his Buckeye career with nearly 150 total tackles and more than 25 tackles for loss, an interception return for a touchdown and two forced fumbles.

He joins running back Ezekiel Elliott, defensive lineman Joey Bosa and quarterback Cardale Jones who have already announced they will leave Columbus for the 2016 NFL Draft.

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