Ohio State Football: Will Former Florida Offensive Lineman Wind Up at OSU?

David RegimbalFeatured ColumnistDecember 27, 2012

COLUMBUS, OH - JANUARY 15:  Head football coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes is introduced to the crowd at halftime of the basketball game between the Indiana Hoosiers and the Ohio State Buckeyes on January 15, 2012 at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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Urban Meyer received a surprise Christmas present on Tuesday when 2014 offensive lineman Marcelys Jones verbally committed to Ohio State.

Just days after landing one of the top 2014 prospects in the country, more good news might be right around the corner for the Buckeyes.

Florida’s Matt Patchan—a 6’6”, 300 pound offensive tackle—is transferring out of the program. The redshirt junior from Seffner, Florida is reportedly considering a transfer to either Ohio State or Boston College.

Fmr 5-star OT Matt Patchan transferring from UF bound for OhioSt or BC to reunite w old coaches: bit.ly/UvmozM

— Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) December 27, 2012

Meyer, who recruited Patchan to Florida in 2008, is now the head coach at Ohio State, while Steve Addazio, the offensive line coach at Florida during his recruitment, is now the head coach at Boston College.

Despite playing in 11 games as a defensive tackle on Florida’s 2008 national-title team, Patchan’s tenure at Florida was riddled with momentum-crushing injuries.

In May of 2008, Patchan was shot in his left shoulder while with a group in a Tampa Bay park, but he made a full recovery. Unfortunately, Patchan suffered an ACL tear in October 2009 that cut his sophomore season short, and the rehab was extensive enough to sideline him for the entire 2010 season as well.

The former 5-star prospect rebounded in 2011, starting seven games before suffering another setback—this time a pectoral injury—that kept him out of Florida's Gator Bowl matchup with Ohio State.

He suffered a similar injury last summer, forcing Patchan to miss the entirety of the 2012 season.

Patchan would give Ohio State's offensive line some depth. He would be forced to sit out the 2013 season per NCAA rules, but he could bring experience to a team that will be losing four seniors along the offensive line in 2014. 

No timetable has been set for Patchan's decision.

 

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