Ohio State defensive end Se'von Pittman to transfer

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One of Urban Meyer's first commitments at Ohio State is leaving. (USATSI)

Ohio State needs to replace all four members of its defensive line in 2013, but there's one potential new starter that you can scratch off the list.

The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that defensive end Se'von Pittman has asked for his release -- and it has been granted by the school. Ohio State would not confirm the reason for Pittman's desire to be released, though the Dispatch reports it has something to do with an "off-the-field issue" and Pittman is "looking for a fresh start."

The Dispatch also reports Pittman's preferred destination would be Louisville.

Pittman had originally committed to Michigan State in 2012 before changing his mind late and switching to Ohio State. Unfortunately for Pittman, he suffered a knee injury in the spring and did not play in 2012.

The good news for Ohio State and Urban Meyer is that Pittman was only part of an Ohio State 2012 class that included other defensive linemen like Adolphus Washington, Noah Spence and Tommy Schutt. So while Pittman's departure affects Ohio State's depth at the position, the Buckeyes still have plenty of talent left on the roster to overcome the departure.

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