COLUMBUS, Ohio — After winning the national championship on Jan. 12, Ohio State didn't have much time to celebrate.
"The day we got back, we had class the next day," Buckeyes left tackle Taylor Decker told Bleacher Report.
Ohio State's return to Columbus coincided with the start of the school's winter semester, meaning nine consecutive weeks of classes—including the start of spring practice—stood between the Buckeyes and spring break. If the OSU players wanted to spend their breaks soaking up the sun and celebrating their unprecedented run in the College Football Playoff, nobody would have blamed them, only that didn't seem to be the case.
After enduring their first week of spring practice two weeks ago, the Buckeyes set sail for spring break last week and will return to the practice field Tuesday. Like many other college students, Ohio State players shared their spring break memories throughout the week via social media, only they weren't what you'd expect.
For example, take the case of Cardale Jones, who currently finds himself in the midst of college football's most-talked about quarterback competition. But rather than take off for Panama City Beach or Cancun, the national champion signal-caller simply headed back to his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, where he embarked on a tour of local schools:
Never shy to share his thoughts or personal life via social media, Jones also used his break to spend quality time with his four-month-old daughter, Chloe:
Jones wasn't the only Buckeye to head home for spring break, which seemed to be a common theme for the Ohio State players last week. Of course, that wasn't too difficult of a choice for star defensive end Joey Bosa, who didn't have to make a decision when it came to picking between visiting his family or the beach:
That "smaller bear" pictured in Bosa's post is his brother, 5-star 2016 defensive end Nick Bosa. So while Joey's trip home to Fort Lauderdale may have been for pleasure, it's entirely possible that he attempted to take care of some business as well, acting as a recruiter on Urban Meyer's behalf with his uncommitted blue-chip brother.
Like Jones and Bosa, cornerback Eli Apple also headed home, as the Garden State native took a trip back to Voorhees, New Jersey. There, he made it clear what his mission was, as he planned to take full advantage of his week off from classes:
But while Apple's Twitter feed made it seem as though he would be laying on the couch all week, his mother, Annie Apple, made it clear that wasn't the case. Like Jones, Eli used his week away from Columbus to give back to the community, continuing his annual tradition of visiting his fifth-grade teacher:
Star running back Ezekiel Elliott also enjoyed a low-key spring break, taking a week-long trip back to his native St. Louis, Missouri. But while the national title game MVP's spring break was limited to the Show Me State, that didn't stop him from using social media to enjoy it via the viewpoint of others:
Between retweeting posts encouraging fans to #SaveTheCropTop, Elliott enjoyed the NCAA tournament and also watched friend and 5-star 2016 prospect Jayson Tatum in the Missouri Final Four. But while Elliott's week was relaxing, he made it clear that by the end of it, he was ready to get back to Ohio:
Quarterback J.T. Barrett headed home to Wichita Falls, Texas, to visit with his high school coach, Jim Garfield:
While wide receiver Michael Thomas took a trip to Florida to work out with Hall of Fame and Buckeye great Cris Carter:
As opposed to many of their teammates, Decker and fellow offensive lineman Pat Elflein did opt to take a vacation, heading to Puerto Vallarta to scuba-dive and do "Buckeye things":
But regardless of where the Buckeyes were located, one common trend seemed to emerge, as they took in Ohio State star basketball player D'Angelo Russell and the Buckeyes' journey in the NCAA tournament as well as Ohio State's national championship win in wrestling:
All together, it seemed to be a pretty laid back spring break for the Buckeyes—especially compared to Alabama's. With the nine-plus-week grind Ohio State just endured, that may be just what it needed as it prepares for the remainder of spring practice and a defense of its national title.
Ben Axelrod is Bleacher Report's Big Ten Lead Writer. You can follow him on Twitter @BenAxelrod. Unless noted otherwise, all quotes were obtained firsthand. All statistics courtesy of CFBStats.com. Recruiting rankings courtesy of 247Sports.