Junior receiver K.J. Hill announced Tuesday afternoon that he will return for his senior season at Ohio State instead of entering the NFL draft.

“I have decided to take one last ride with my brothers, my coaches, and you, Buckeye Nation,” Hill wrote in a Twitter post that started with a thank-you to retired coach Urban Meyer. “I’m ready to lead us to another National Championship. I will be returning for my senior season.”

Hill was second on the Buckeyes with 70 catches and 885 receiving yards this season and had six receiving touchdowns.

He made the game-winning 24-yard touchdown catch against Penn State with 2 minutes left to cap Ohio State’s rally in the Buckeyes’ 27-26 victory. Against Minnesota, he made a dazzling one-handed catch for a touchdown to help the Buckeyes pull away from the Golden Gophers.

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Hill has 144 career receptions for 1,696 yards and 10 touchdowns.

With fifth-year seniors Parris Campbell, Terry McLaurin and Johnnie Dixon leaving, Hill will be the leader of a receivers group that will include seniors-to-be Austin Mack and Binjimen Victor, sophomore-to-be Chris Olave and such promising young players as five-star incoming freshman Garrett Wilson.

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