Freshman safety Jayme Thompson, former Central Catholic standout, leaving Ohio State


COLUMBUS — Former Central Catholic star and Ohio State freshman safety Jayme Thompson is moving on.

Thompson was granted his release from OSU today and plans to transfer, his father, Deon Thompson, told The Blade.

A former four-star recruit, the Toledo native plans to visit Kentucky, Syracuse, and Penn State in the coming weeks. His list of prospective schools also includes Louisville, Virginia Tech, Missouri, West Virginia, California, and Texas A&M.

Thompson started for the Scarlet team in the Buckeyes' annual spring game Saturday and had three tackles in his first collegiate close-up. He missed last season with a severe high ankle sprain.

Thompson, who appeared a longshot to crack the Buckeyes' fall rotation in the secondary, leaves Ohio State in good academic standing and plans to seek a medical hardship waiver that will allow him to play immediately this fall. If it is not granted, Thompson will have three years of eligibility remaining after sitting this season.