Se'Von Pittman elects to transfer

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Notably missing from the rotation on the rebuilt defensive line during the first practice of spring camp, Se'Von Pittman won't be returning for any more workouts with Ohio State.

The program confirmed late on Tuesday evening that the redshirt freshman has elected to transfer and was granted his release, ending his brief career with the Buckeyes.

Pittman was part of a heralded group of four defensive linemen signed in Meyer's first class with Ohio State, but the 2012 ESPN 150 pick and No. 14 defensive end in the country never played a down with the team after flipping his commitment from Michigan State late in the recruiting process.

He was an early enrollee a year ago and took part in spring practice, but a knee injury suffered midway through camp cut his work short and ultimately set him back while classmates Noah Spence, Adolphus Washington and Tommy Schutt all contributed in some form right away as true freshmen.

Those three will still be key components for a unit that lost all four starters from the line that helped the Buckeyes go undefeated last fall. But Ohio State will now be moving on with Pittman now permanently out of the practice picture.