“I pondered my decision, thinking of the pros of leaving and the pros of staying and what I could do here and what I could do at the next level,” Elflein said. “I just wanted to play center and play for the Buckeyes again.”
The Buckeyes plan to move Elflein from right guard to center. They are losing senior center Jacoby Boren, plus Decker and fifth-year senior Chase Farris. Left guard Billy Price will be the other returning starter.
Brady Taylor, Jamarco Jones, Demetrius Knox, Isaiah Prince and Centerville’s Evan Lisle will be among the players competing for the three open starting jobs.
“We’ll see how it plays out in the spring,” Elflein said. “Guys are going to have to battle it out to see who the best five are going to be. I don’t know yet.”
Elflein’s decision is a big one for the team. The Buckeyes are going to lose at least six and possibly as many as eight starters on offense. Keeping Elflein helps.
“We’re all excited about it,” he said. “It helps to have veteran guys on the O-line and definitely at center, making the calls. I’m excited about being back and excited to get some young talent in there on the line and see what they can do.”