Cardale Jones intends to apply for early entry into 2016 draft

Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones removed any doubt about his plans for 2016 on Wednesday.

Jones, a redshirt junior, indicated his Ohio State career was coming to an end in a November social-media post after the Buckeyes' final home game. On Wednesday, he said his intention is to enter the 2016 NFL Draft, not to transfer to a different school.

"My loyalty and my heart is to Ohio State," Jones said, per The Toledo Blade's Dave Briggs.

A year ago, Jones in the midst of a stunning three-game run in his first stint as Ohio State's starter. He led the Buckeyes to wins in the Big Ten title game, national semifinal and national championship game after replacing the injured J.T. Barrett as the team's No. 1 QB. Coach Urban Meyer picked Jones to start this season after a camp competition against Barrett, but Meyer benched Jones in favor of Barrett in October, and Jones has remained a backup for the rest of the season.

The move didn't come as a surprise given Jones' play during the 2015 season. He's viewed as a very raw talent.

An NFC personnel director told College Football 24/7 in September that he believed Jones would have been a first-round pick in the 2015 draft. Rather than solidifying his stock this season, Jones has invited more questions about his NFL potential.

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