Ohio State reserve defensive lineman Dylan Thompson announced on social media Monday that he plans to transfer for his fifth year of eligibility.

He was a four-star prospect out of Montini Catholic in Lombard, Illinois, in 2014. But he suffered a knee injury in preseason camp that year and his career at OSU never fully recovered.

He was suspended for the 2016 season and removed from scholarship by coach Urban Meyer due to academic problems, but rebounded in 2017 to see his first playing time, in two games. 

Forever grateful pic.twitter.com/tbgLpRfEpb

— Dylan Thompson (@BRONCODE59) February 5, 2018

“I have decided to forego my fifth year at The Ohio State University to pursue a graduate degree and play football elsewhere,” Thompson wrote on Twitter, going on to thank his family, his coaches and teammates for their support. “I have been granted my release and the pursuit of the next phase of this journey begins now.”

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