Thoughts on Ohio State football and the transfer portal

What sticks out to you the most after Ohio State’s transfer portal losses? #GoBucks

The 2023 pre-bowl season transfer portal has been wild. In fact, Ohio State football has seen a large group of its players enter.

It would not be surprising to see that the Buckeyes aren’t done losing players, it’s just the reality of the situation, which is becoming the norm around college football. Some teams have adjusted quickly, others have not had nearly the success.

As Ohio State tries to navigate the remainder of the 2023 season, I have a few thoughts on the Buckeyes and the transfer portal. Let’s start off with how I see the movement has been going so far for the scarlet and gray.

Ohio State football offers 2025 Texas 4-star wide receiver

Could this Texan be coming to WRU?

Many coaches have hit the road this week to visit recruits, but that hasn’t stopped Ohio State football from making evaluations and sending out offers.

One of the players they deemed worthy enough for a scholarship was 2025 Texas wide receiver, [autotag]Kaliq Lockett[/autotag]. The 6-foot, 2-inch and 175-pound prospect is viewed as one of the nation’s best. He’s ranked as the No. 11 player at his position and 93rd overall in the country according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings.

The Buckeyes now have joined the likes of LSU, Michigan, Florida, USC, Penn State and others in offering Lockett, many coming within the past few days.

The reaction of the Ohio State offer was different than others, as Lockett used the words “wow” and “extremely blessed” when announcing the good news. Hopefully this is good early news for the Buckeyes and the star receiver.

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Ohio State basketball vs. Miami (OH): How to watch, stream the game

Ohio State looks to make it seven straight against Miami (Ohio) #GoBucks

The Ohio State men’s basketball team is off and running in the 2023-2024 season. After dropping a game to No. 15 Texas A&M early in the year, the Buckeyes have rattled off six straight victories, including a win over No. 17 Alabama in the Emerald Coast Classic enroute to the championship.

Chris Holtmann’s squad opened Big Ten play this past Sunday with a win over Minnesota and now gets ready to take on in-state MAC opponent, Miami (Ohio). The Redhawks are currently 4-3 on the season and are winners of their last two games in a row.

Unfortunately, to see this game, you’ll need a subscription to Big Ten Plus. Check out all the ways you can see, hear, or stream the game below.

Basic info

When: Wednesday, December 6, at 7 p.m. ET

Where: Value City Arena (Columbus, Ohio)

How to watch/stream/listen:

Broadcast: BIG+

Live Stream: fuboTV (watch here)

Radio: IMG Radio Network (flagship station WBNS 97.1 The Fan)

Radio announcers:

  • Paul Keels (play-by-play)
  • Ron Stokes (analysis)

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Ohio State quarterback Devin Brown posts cryptic photo on social media

How are you reading into this?

Ohio State football has seen over 10 players enter the transfer portal since the window opened on Monday, one of them being starting quarterback Kyle McCord.

The expectation for the Cotton Bowl was that the Buckeyes would play [autotag]Devin Brown[/autotag] and true freshman Lincoln Kienholz, as both the backups got some run during the regular season. It seemed like the two would battle it out during bowl prep and have the competition continue through the spring and fall.

After what Brown posted on social media, you have to wonder if that’ll end up being the case. The second-year player posted a photo of burning ships, which left many wondering what that message meant. Some opined that it was a nod to Vikings burning their ships so they had no option to stay, while others saw it as a doomsday scenario of Brown looking to maybe enter the transfer portal.

It’s always hard to read into these kind of posts, but history buffs would rather believe this means Brown is all in on sticking with the program.

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Ohio State football’s potential quarterback options from the transfer portal

Ten quarterbacks Ohio State could go after now that Kyle McCord is in the transfer portal. #GoBucks

After surprising news Monday morning that Ohio State quarterback Kyle McCord is entering the transfer portal, the Buckeyes will have a new starting quarterback for the 2024 season and beyond.

McCord led the Buckeyes to an 11-1 record this season as he threw for 3,169 yards with 24 touchdowns to just six interceptions. Unfortunately, Ohio State’s 30-24 loss to Michigan ended its national championship hopes this season and has now led to the departure of McCord.

Currently on the roster includes two former four-star recruits in Devin Brown and Lincoln Kienholz. Brown is in his second year with Ohio State and was in the running to be the starting quarterback this season before being beat out by McCord.

Kienholz is a talented freshman for the Buckeyes with a lot of potential and is an option for the starting position next year. He may get an opportunity to show what he can do coming up in the Cotton Bowl against Missouri in a few weeks.

Air Noland, the highly touted five-star quarterback will also join the Buckeyes’ quarterback room next year.  Although starting under center for Ohio State as a true freshman would be a very tall task, Noland is another potential option and has a bright future regardless.

And then there’s the avenue that’s becoming more commonplace. Another strong option for the Buckeyes is bringing in a quarterback in the transfer portal. In college football today the transfer portal has become more important than ever.

In fact, the top three contenders for the Heisman trophy this year all landed with their current team after transferring. Jayden Daniels landed at LSU after starting his career at Arizona State, Michael Penix Jr. has been a superstar at Washington after injuries held him back at Indiana, and Bo Nix has found success at Oregon after some struggles at Auburn.

Ohio State also has recent success with the transfer portal quarterbacks. Justin Fields joined Ohio State after one season at Georgia and was remarkable as he lost just two games in his two seasons for the Buckeyes.

The options for quarterbacks in the transfer portal this year is very strong, with the list continuing to grow. The list includes quarterbacks with multiple years of starting experience as well as young, former highly recruited guys.

Here are the ten transfer portal quarterback options that stand out the most that Ohio State may go after.

Ohio State superstar wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. named Heisman finalist

In case you missed it, Marv is headed to New York! #GoBucks

The finalists for the Heisman trophy given to the most outstanding player in college football were named on Monday. For the fifth time in the last six years, an Ohio State player is amongst those invited to the ceremony in New York as Marvin Harrison Jr. is one of the four finalists for the award.

Jayden Daniels is the heavy favorite to take home the award as the star LSU quarterback totaled 50 touchdowns in 12 games this season. Also among the finalists are Washington quarterback, Michael Penix Jr, and Oregon quarterback, Bo Nix.

Harrison Jr. earned the finalist nod this season as he not only passed the eye test as one of college football’s best players with flying colors, but he also has the numbers to back it up.

He straight up carried the Buckeye offense at times this year as he had eight games with 100+ yards to finish the season with 1,211 receiving yards and 15 total touchdowns.

The star receiver joins exclusive company as he’s only the fourth wide receiver since 2003 to be a Heisman finalist joining Alabama’s Devonta Smith who won the award in 2020, Oklahoma’s Dede Westbrook in 2016, and Alabama’s Amari Cooper in 2014.

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Ohio State football portal tracker

We keep track of all the comings and goings of Ohio State players in and out of the transfer portal with our transfer portal tracker. #GoBucks

‘Tis the season. Normally that means the Christmas season, but in the brave, new and sometimes shocking world of college football, it also means it’s time to peer into the transfer portal.

Monday is the first day the portal is officially open, and, boy, have we had a wave of Ohio State players enter during the first hours.

Frankly, it’s a lot to keep track of, and it’s the first season in which this many Buckeyes have hit the portal. With the flurry of activity, we are doing our part and keeping track of which Ohio State players have declared and entered into the gift that keeps on giving — or taking — depending on how you look at it.

We’ll continue to update this as news hits both incoming and outgoing players zooming in and out of the portal. Here’s where things stand in real time as we can get to it.

Ohio State football running back to enter the NFL draft

Thank you Chop!

In the midst of Ohio State football seeing multiple players enter the transfer portal on Monday, the Buckeyes will lose one of their running back contributors for a different reason.

Junior [autotag]Miyan Williams,[/autotag] has declared for the NFL draft, effectively ending his Ohio State career without playing in the Cotton Bowl. Over the last four seasons, the Ohio native rushed 258 times for 1,554 yards, 20 rushing scores, while adding 143 receiving yards.

Williams had issues with injuries during his time in Columbus, and as a running back, moving on to the NFL makes plenty of sense. The shelf life for the position is extremely short and given his inability to stay healthy, this wasn’t a surprising move.

We wish Miyan the best in the NFL, and hope to see plenty of success at the next level.

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Ohio State wide receiver Julian Fleming enters transfer portal

Another Buckeye, this time a veteran playmaker, hits the portal. #GoBucks

It has been a rough stretch for Ohio State football fans the past few day. The Buckeyes missed the College Football Playoff on Sunday and now are losing players to transfer portal.

The most notable Buckeye to hit the portal is starting quarterback, Kyle McCord, who announced his decision Monday morning.  Now, a second starter from this season is entering the transfer portal. Julian Fleming announced he will enter the portal after four seasons as a Buckeye.

Fleming has started for Ohio State in each of the last two seasons after arriving on campus as a five-star recruit in the 2020 class.

In 2022, Fleming was third on the team in receiving yards, putting up 533 yards and six touchdowns. This season, Fleming was fourth in receiving yards with 270 and provided good contributions with his run blocking.

It’s unfortunate Fleming will not wear scarlet and gray next season, but Buckeye nation is appreciative of Fleming’s contributions for four years and wish him the best of luck moving forward.

With Fleming entering the transfer portal and Marvin Harrison Jr. and Emeka Egbuka likely to enter the 2024 NFL draft as projected first-round picks, Ohio State will likely look for young players to step up in the wide receiver room next year.

Luckily, with how well the Buckeyes have recruited at wide receiver, they are in a good position to reload at the position.

Carnell Tate has a great deal of potential and played quite a bit as a true freshman. He has 260 yards and a touchdown this season. Brandon Inniss, Noah Rogers and Bryson Rodgers also highlight a strong 2023 wide receiver recruiting class.

Committed to play for the Buckeyes out of the 2024 class are top overall recruit Jeremiah Smith, five-star Mylan Graham and top 100 overall recruit Jeremiah McClellan.

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Ohio State loses two defensive backs to the transfer portal on Sunday

Not the best Sunday for the Buckeyes

It wasn’t the best Sunday for Ohio State football, the reality of not making the College Football Playoff was the first hit, then the transfer portal made it doubly bad.

First was running back Evan Pryor, then the cornerback room lost a pair. [autotag]Ryan Turner[/autotag], the second-year player from Florida, announced he will move on from the Buckeye program.

During his stint in Columbus, Turner had a hard time seeing the field. He barely played his freshman season. This past year, he received  some run in the blowout win over Minnesota. He made three total tackles.

Next, Louisiana second-year corner [autotag]Jyaire Brown[/autotag] joined Turner in moving on. An extremely similar situation, just one game played this year with nine total tackles and a forced fumble in Brown’s time with Ohio State.

We wish all three players the best in their next football home.

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