Ohio State got a major boost for its defense on Thursday when safety Jordan Fuller announced on Twitter that he would return to the Buckeyes for his senior season.

“The special privilege of wearing scarlet and grey (sic) is not something I’m ready to give up yet,” Fuller said.

His decision means that the top two tacklers on Ohio State’s 2018 defense are passing up the chance to go to the NFL. Fuller and linebacker Malik Harrison, who said after the Rose Bowl that he would return for his senior year, tied for the team lead in tackles with 81. Fuller’s 61 solo tackles led the Buckeyes. 

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Fuller was a second-team All-Big Ten pick by the media. He was a first-team Academic All-American after posting a 3.81 grade-point average as a business major. He also was one of Ohio State captains this year.

“We have work to do,” Fuller said in his Twitter statement. “We have missions to finish.

“We have a brotherhood that’s stronger than ever. We are coming for everything they said we couldn’t have. Go Bucks.”

Fuller’s decision is a major boost for the defense. Junior cornerback Damon Arnette said after the Rose Bowl that he is leaning toward entering the NFL draft, though he said he hadn’t made a final decision. Junior cornerback Kendall Sheffield, who played well in the Rose Bowl, also is eligible to enter the draft. He was non-committal about his future at the bowl’s media day.

The defense will lose junior defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones, whose departure after this season was a foregone conclusion.

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