Ohio State football | Noah Brown to leave early for NFL draft

Bill Rabinowitz, The Columbus Dispatch
Noah Brown

Wide receiver Noah Brown has become the latest Ohio State player to leave early for the NFL.

The redshirt sophomore announced on Twitter Saturday night that he will forgo his final two years of eligibility.

"Throughout my 3 years at Ohio State God put some of the most amazing people in my life and taught me many lessons that I will never forget and will use going forward in my journey," Brown wrote. "I want to thank everyone at the Ohio State University and Buckeye Nation for the best experience I could ever ask for.

"However after much thought, prayer and conversation with my loved ones I have decided it is time for me to move on to the next level and chase my dreams."

Brown had a breakout game against Oklahoma in which he caught four touchdown passes, including an acrobatic one around the defender's back. But Brown was mostly an afterthought in the Buckeyes' struggling passing game after that.

He finished with 32 catches for 402 yards and seven touchdowns.

Brown missed all of the 2015 season after breaking his leg late in training camp. He played a minor role as a true freshman during the Buckeyes' 2014 national championship.

Brown is the fourth player to announce his early departure for the NFL and the only one whose decision is considered unexpected. Linebacker Raekwon McMillan, cornerback Gareon Conley and safety Malik Hooker made their decisions earlier this week.