Mitch Rossi remains at Ohio State for an additional year of eligibility

Mitch Rossi is staying at Ohio State for another season.

The Buckeye tight end is using the extra year of eligibility offered to all players by the NCAA in 2020 to attend graduate school and play a sixth season at Ohio State, his father Tom said. Eleven Warriors Friday.

“Coach Day has been very persuasive and thinks Mitch can add an element the team needs on offense, on special teams and as a leader,” said Tom Rossi. “We were told there were NFL teams interested in Mitch and another year to run would benefit him in this pursuit.”

Rossi will be the most experienced tight end on the Buckeyes roster in 2022 after playing 143 snaps in 2021. With Jeremy Ruckert heading to the NFL and Cade Stover expected to play defense, Rossi could potentially be the No. 1 from Ohio State in 2022, and should at least see some regular playing time on the Buckeyes’ offense in his tight end/fullback hybrid role.

Originally an extra when he arrived at Ohio State in 2017, Rossi — who was originally unsure if he would even return for the 2021 season — was put on the stock market by the Buckeyes last summer. He caught four passes for 28 yards in 2021, including his first career touchdown in Ohio State’s 52-13 win over Rutgers, while he also played the fifth-most snaps of all Buckeye special teams last season.

Assuming Stover stays at linebacker, Rossi is expected to be one of five tight ends on Ohio State’s 2022 roster along with redshirt sophomores Joe Royer and Gee Scott Jr., the redshirt freshman Sam Hart and real freshman Bennett Christian – neither of whom played more than 55 snaps last year, making Rossi’s veteran presence in the role all the more important.

Rossi will be one of at least three ‘super seniors’ on Ohio State’s 2022 roster along with kicker Noah Ruggles and long snapper Bradley Robinson, who will return with the Buckeyes for a sixth and seventh year of football university, respectively. Four other Buckeyes who still have the extra year of eligibility available – Sevyn Banks, Jerron Cage, Palaie Gaoteote and Teradja Mitchell – have yet to announce whether they will return for another season, but have until February 4 to do so. withdraw their name from the 2022 NFL Draft.

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