Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones stays in school

Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones is staying in school, making his announcement at his high school Thursday.

"I don't know why you guys made such a big deal," Jones said. "Like I said, it was very simple for me."

A 6-foot-5, 250-pound redshirt sophomore is remaining in school, Jones won a national championship for the Buckeyes this season. Jones started just three games, though.

He was graded as a potential first-round or second-round draft pick, Jones said.

Now, Jones returns to school and will compete with J.T. Barrett and Braxton Miller.

Jones said he wants to graduate from college and plans to play one more year.

"After three games, [the NFL] was out of the question," Jones said. "A first-round draft pick means nothing to me without my education."

Jones held the announcement when he could have just issued a statement.

"Just to be the example for our community and the kids that's around here," said Ted Ginn Sr., his high school coach. "This is his hometown that he's proud of."

Jones hasn't been told by coach Urban Meyer that he's the starter.

"Hopefully I am the starter," Jones said. "If I'm not, I have to wait for the opportunity to present itself."

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Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.