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Breaking: Jaxon Smith-Njigba Makes Official Decision On His Future At Ohio State

Jaxon Smith-Njigba

On Sunday, Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Ryan Day said he was uncertain whether Jaxon Smith-Njigba would participate in the College Football Playoff. 

The situation has changed considerably overnight, as Day has now confirmed Smith-Njigba will not play in the Peach Bowl, and formally thanked him for his time spent in Columbus. 

"I want to thank Jaxon for all he has done for our Ohio State program," Day said. "He has had such a major impact here in Columbus, on and off the field, in a relatively short period of time."

The finality of Day's comments is in reference to Smith-Njigba's impending entrance to the NFL draft, set to begin on April 27 of next year. As such, Jaxon has played his last game as a Buckeye. 

Pete Thamel of ESPN added Smith-Njigba's take on the matter, as the 20-year-old junior explained the difficulty of his decision. 

"I want to be out there competing with my brothers more than anything," Smith-Njigba told Thamel. "The decision to turn pro was made after I was unable to come back on multiple occasions during the season and the doctors determined I would be unable to participate in the playoffs.

Ohio State means the world to me. Watching from afar will be difficult but I will be cheering my guys on and praying we get that Natty."