Former Ohio State cornerback Jamel Dean will transfer to Auburn University, but will have to sit a year, as was reported by David Jones of Florida Today. That’s normally the case, per NCAA transfer rules, but Dean’s story is different.
After arriving in Columbus and enrolling in January, spurning an offer from Florida, the four-star recruit out of Cocoa High School in Brevard County was declared medically ineligible due to previous knee surgeries.
This sparked controversy because OSU had “over-signed and had to find some room for other recruits.”
But then Dean met with renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews, who cleared him. OSU stood pat, and Dean will now transfer to Auburn and redshirt during the year he has to sit.
Naturally, he’s quite annoyed.
“Because of the whole NCAA transfer thing, I’ve got to sit out a year, so I’ve got to redshirt,” said Dean.
“But now that Auburn is giving me a chance to play, I really don’t care anymore. At the same time, (Ohio State coaches) were telling me you can play somewhere else. They were giving me an option of getting a medical hardship (which makes an athlete ineligible to play but stays on a scholarship that doesn’t count toward the NCAA limit of 85) or just transfer.”
Dean transferring to Auburn also means he’ll be able to play for defensive coordinator Will Muschamp, who recruited him last year while still the head coach at Florida. Though he’ll be greatly missed in the Tigers’ secondary this season, Dean will be a welcome addition once he suits up in 2016.
Auburn opens the season on September 5, playing the Louisville Cardinals at Atlanta’s Georgia Dome.
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