Ex-Ohio State DE Jamal Marcus announces transfer to Akron

By Jerry Hinnen | College Football Writer

Jamal Marcus got his first career start vs. Clemson. (USATSI)
Jamal Marcus got his first career start vs. Clemson. (USATSI)

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Former Ohio State defensive end Jamal Marcus announced on his Instagram feed this week that he will transfer to nearby Akron to play for coach Terry Bowden and the Zips.

"Everything in life whether good or bad I feel are life lessons that God places on us to help us become better and wiser men and women," Marcus wrote on his Instagram post. "This fall, I will be attending and playing football for The University of Akron. Blessed and thankful for the opportunity. Can't wait to give my all to this team and help get Akron football back on top."

Marcus also posted the following photoshopped picture:

Ohio State confirmed in May what the Associated Press called the "mutual decision" that Marcus would leave the Buckeyes program. He departs after two seasons spent largely as a reserve and special teams player, though he received the first start of his career in the 2014 Orange Bowl vs. Clemson following the suspension of Noah Spence, and responded with six tackles and a batted pass.

Marcus was a four-star recruit out of Durham, N.C. in the 2012 class and appeared in 24 games for Ohio State.

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