Senior linebacker Keandre Jones, who recently put his name in the NCAA transfer portal, will return to his home state to play for Maryland in 2019.

On Tuesday, Ohio State confirmed that Jones is leaving the program after InsideMDSports.com reported that the linebacker would play for the Terrapins.

With all three starting linebackers returning to Ohio State and several young players poised to make a strong push, Jones decided it was in his best interest to transfer.

Jones competed for a starting outside linebacker spot last year but was beaten out by Pete Werner. Jones did become a core special-teams player. He had a key punt block for a safety against Nebraska.

For the season, Jones was credited with 10 tackles. Two of them were for losses, including a sack.

Jones was a four-star prospect out of Good Counsel High School in Olney, Md., the same school that produced OSU wrestler Kyle Snyder.

He and fellow Maryland native Dwayne Haskins Jr. each originally committed to the Terrapins before flipping their commitment to Ohio State on the same day in 2016. Haskins was a Heisman Trophy finalist after a dazzling 2018 season in his only season as a starter and has entered the NFL draft. He is expected to be the first quarterback selected.

 

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