The Ohio State defense has one less cornerback to worry about for the 2019 season.
Damon Arnette has announced that he will be returning for his final season with the Buckeyes next year. The veteran cornerback should be a key contributor in the revamped defense for next season after a successful campaign in 2018.
Damon Arnette announces he’s returning to Ohio State for his senior season. pic.twitter.com/YUCe5yS7mB— Colin Hass-Hill (@chasshill) January 11, 2019
Arnette's return is a sigh of relief considering the amount of losses that Buckeyes will face this offseason.
After an exceptional sophomore season, Arnette followed up with a standout junior year for the Buckeyes. He finished 2018 with 31 tackles, one interception, and six passes defensed. He wasn't a top player on the defense, but he quietly put himself in a position to succeed with the Buckeyes secondary and their special teams.
Like K.J. Hill, Damon Arnette notes in his announcement that he consulted with former Ohio State wide receiver Cris Carter before ultimately deciding to return for his senior season instead of declaring for the 2019 NFL draft.— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) January 11, 2019
This comes as a slight surprise considering Arnette was hinting at declaring for the draft following the Rose Bowl.
Arnette would've likely gone somewhere in the mid rounds of the 2019 NFL Draft. His play as an outside corner needs to improve considerably if he wants his draft stock to rise.
In addition to Arnette, the Buckeyes will rely on Jeffery Okudah, Shaun Wade and Tyreke Johnson at cornerback next season. A decision coming from Kendall Sheffield on his future with OSU will also affect Arnette's playing time in 2019.