Dwayne Haskins is not the only member of the Ohio State offense facing a decision when it comes to entering the NFL draft.
While the Buckeyes quarterback has repeatedly deferred his decision until after the Rose Bowl, what will his center and one of his most productive receivers?
(Fourth-year juniors Dre’Mont Jones and Mike Weber have already announced they are going pro.)
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Michael Jordan, a two-year starter at guard who made the Sports Illustrated first-team All-America squad in his first year at center, said he is focused for now on winning the Rose Bowl.
“I haven't really thought about the process of me leaving this year or not,” Jordan said. “In order for me to make a decision, I'll have to gather a bunch of information to make an informed decision, where I would go in the draft, what position I can play next year if I come back to Ohio State. I haven't really given it much thought.”
If he were to come back, he anticipates moving back to guard. That is something offensive line coach Greg Studrawa mentioned as a possibility last month, a move that would likely coincide with Josh Myers (a Miamisburg graduate who was a redshirt freshman this season) becoming the starting center.
“When you play center, there's less space between you and a defensive lineman,” Jordan said. “He's right there. Guard, I feel like I can get off, I can really accelerate. I think I have a lot more knockdowns as guard. That's always fun.”
Hill is also a multi-year starter.
He caught 67 passes for 831 yards and six touchdowns this season after snagging 56 balls for 549 yards and three touchdowns last season.
He does not have more to prove as a college player, but there is still more he could accomplish.
“I feel I had a great season this season,” he said. "If I was to leave, I would be leaving on a good note, and then again, if I did come back next year, a lot can happen, you know, with more touches on the ball, you know, being in the offense as a leader, potential captain. There's a lot that comes with it. There's a lot of potential.”