Ohio State’s secondary received some really good news on Friday afternoon.
Damon Arnette, one of the team’s top cornerbacks in 2018, will be returning to Columbus for the 2019 season. He made his announcement public via social media on Friday.
“After speaking with my family and getting valuable insight from Cris Carter I have decided to return to The Ohio State University to take care of some unfinished business with my brother,” Arnette wrote. “I am ready for the journey and anxious to get back to work as we prepare to win another national championship.”
Ohio State CB Damon Arnette will return for his senior season. A mild surprise. He indicated after the Rose Bowl that he was leaning toward declaring for the NFL draft. pic.twitter.com/FfkCWhKiZp
— Bill Rabinowitz (@brdispatch) January 11, 2019
Arnette was leaning toward declaring for the NFL Draft but decided he could help his stock by returning for one more season in Columbus. His announcement is a huge boost for the Buckeyes defense.
Arnette totaled 40 tackles this past season, as Ohio State went 13-1. He also recorded six pass break-ups and an interception. In three seasons with the Buckeyes, the cornerback has registered 105 stops, four interceptions and 14 pass break-ups.
Head coach Ryan Day has made some serious changes to his defensive staff in just less than two weeks on the job. Returning the talent and experience of Arnette will be critical in the Buckeyes’ transition process.