With spring practice in the rear-view mirror business is picking up in the Transfer Portal and the Buckeyes are seeing players opting for other opportunities. The latest player to make a move is second-year safety Andre Turrentine, a former four-star out of the Ensworth School in Nashville (Tenn.).

A spokesperson from the Ohio State Department of Athletics confirmed this move to BuckeyeScoop.com.

The 5-foot-11, 195-pounder played in four games last season as a true freshman for the Buckeyes, seeing limited action during that run. The second-year player saw a significant amount of playing time in Ohio State’s recent spring game and unofficially had a pass breakup along with multiple tackles.

Even with all of that, Turrentine was facing an uphill battle to get into the two deep within the new Ohio State defensive scheme with holdovers like Josh Proctor and Kourt Williams at the same safety position (Bandit) that Turrentine was playing during the spring game. While Ohio State will play three safeties in its base defense moving forward under Jim Knowles, the position is stout at all three positions as safety has become extremely competitive, especially with the addition of Tanner McCallister and the emergence of Kye Stokes as a spring game stand out.

With only one redshirt season with the Buckeyes, Turrentine will have four years to play four years at his next school if he so chooses.

The move now has Ohio State at 85 scholarship players for the 2022 once the summer enrollees report, just under the NCAA scholarship cutoff.

Players have until May 1st to enter the portal to receive an automatic “one-time transfer” to a new school. If a player enters after that date, they would need to sit out a transfer year or receive a special waiver from the NCAA.

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