Ohio State CB Ashton Youboty to pass up senior year

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State cornerback Ashton Youboty will pass up his senior season to enter the NFL draft.

Youboty was a first-team All-Big Ten selection and has been projected as going anywhere from the late first round to the third round.

"I just hope he gains the draft status he is capable of gaining," Ohio State coach Jim Tressel said Sunday.

Youboty is the second Buckeyes junior to declare for the draft. Wide receiver Santonio Holmes, a likely first-round choice, said after the team's Fiesta Bowl victory over Notre Dame on Jan. 2 that he would enter the draft.