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Cardale Jones announces decision to stay at the Ohio State University

“My decision was very simple, I’m going to return next year for school.”

With those words on Thursday, Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones put to rest the speculation of him entering the NFL draft this season.

“The NFL after three games was really out of the question for me.”

Jones said the NFL was a dream, but he said the timing just isn’t right for him to chase that dream.

The man that stood at the podium at the Ginn Academy in Cleveland, Ohio is very different from the one that once tweeted that he didn’t understand why they make you go to class when you are in college for football. This Cardale Jones spoke about the importance of an education.

“One of the most important things for me is to graduate,” said Jones. “So when I make that decision to play in the NFL, I want to be done with school. I want to devote all my time and my effort at the film room and playing the quarterback position.”

Cardale is studying financial planning to prepare him for life after college and football. 2015 will likely be his last year at OSU, as he is set to graduate early.

With Braxton Miller and J.T. Barrett rehabbing major injuries, Jones will likely get the bulk of the reps in spring practice, and could have a leg up on both when it comes to starting next season.

When asked if he was given any assurances by coach Urban Meyer about playing time, Jones said that he did not get any. He will compete for the starting spot, and if he doesn’t earn the job he will wait for his opportunity to play.