Javontae Jean-Baptiste, Ohio State DL, announces transfer destination
Javontae Jean-Baptiste has a new football home. The former Ohio State DL will be headed four hours west to play for Notre Dame.
On Friday, Jean-Baptiste announced his commitment to the Fighting Irish with a twitter post, along with the caption “Proverbs 16:3.” A short video clip shows a card with the DL stating his last year would be played in South Bend.
In the clip, Jean Baptiste also thanks his coaches and teammates.
“Thank you Ohio State for all you have done for me. The relationships and connections I have built will last forever. To my brothers, I love you boys to death. We have a bond that will last a lifetime. I’m ready to start next chapter and I will be playing my final season of college football at Notre Dame”
Proverbs 16:3🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/2TmaFYe4jK
— Javontae Jean-Baptiste (@Javontae_JB) January 13, 2023
The departure of an experienced edge rusher like Jean-Baptiste will be a big loss for the Buckeyes.
This year alone the DL accounted for 19 total tackles, 9 solo tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, and a forced fumble. In his collegiate career Jean-Baptiste amassed 51 total tackles, 25 solo tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 8 sacks, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery.
As a graduate transfer, Jean-Baptiste has one year of eligibility remaining to play for the Fighting Irish. He will meet his former teammates on the field as the Buckeyes and Notre Dame face off Sept. 21.
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