Reserve center Bobek leaving Ohio State

After sliding from potential offensive anchor as a recruit to something of an afterthought during spring practice, Brian Bobek is shopping for a fresh start.

The sophomore center might even find one inside the Big Ten as he weighs his options following his successful request for a release from Ohio State on Sunday.

A school official confirmed to the Columbus (Ohi0) Dispatch the parting of ways between the former four-star recruit and the program, and Bobek followed that by issuing a statement to the newspaper on Monday that suggested his departure might not include a change in conference to go with it.

"After about (eight) weeks of evaluating prospective transfer options, I can now announce that I requested and received my release from my athletic scholarship at The Ohio State University," Bobek said in the statement to the Dispatch. "I am in the process of visiting and considering offers from a couple of schools, one from the Big 12 and the other from within the Big Ten. I expect to make that decision within the next couple of weeks."

The Buckeyes had seemingly already made a decision about Bobek during Urban Meyer's first camp, which produced a depth chart that didn't include his name.

Corey Linsley drew strong praise from the coaching staff and won the starting job at center heading into summer workouts, and freshman Jacoby Boren impressed enough to claim the backup spot ahead of Bobek -- who once was expected to develop into a regular up front for the Buckeyes and was a candidate to replace four-year starter Mike Brewster.

Instead, Bobek will have to go elsewhere to find a chance to contribute. And there's at least a possibility he won't be looking all that far away.