May 30, 2024

 

The Ohio State Buckeyes lost a couple of key last week, with quarterback Kyle McCord and former five-star receiver Julian Fleming electing to enter the NCAA Transfer Portal.

And now it appears that both could be staying in the Big Ten.

According to reports from Rivals.com, Fleming and McCord are both set to visit the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the coming week.

Nebraska, who is vocally in search of a new QB via the portal, is currently the betting favorite to land McCord.

December 7

After the loss of quarterback Kyle McCord to the NCAA Transfer Portal, the Ohio State Buckeyes are in need of a new starter at the position in 2024.

And according to On3 college football analyst J.D. Pickell, the Buckeyes are in prime position to land Washington State star transfer QB, Cameron Ward.

“After going from Incarnate Word to Washington State, Ward has seen his profile rise yet again,” Pickell said. “He’ll be a coveted prospect in the transfer portal, and a program with a need like Ohio State could easily see the opportunity to capitalize by grabbing a dynamic player like Ward.”

In his two seasons with Washington State, Ward has been electric, completing 643 of 982 passes for 6,968 yards and 48 touchdowns with 16 interceptions. He has also rushed 13 touchdowns

December 6

According to reports from industry insider Chad Simmons, the Ohio State Buckeyes have emerged as a contender for UCLA transfer quarterback, Dante Moore.

Moore, formerly a five-star recruit and No. 2 QB in the country per the On3 Industry Ranking, entered the portal when it opened on Monday.

Per Simmons, Michigan, Ohio State, Miami and Oregon are all expected to get visits from Moore over the next few weeks.

The Buckeyes are in need of a QB through the portal after the departure of Kyle McCord, with Devin Brown, Tristan Gebbia and Lincoln Kienholz the only viable options on the roster currently.

The Buckeyes do have five-star Air Noland on the way in the spring as well.

Moore completed 114 of 213 passes for 1,610 yards and 11 touchdowns with nine interceptions with UCLA this season.

December 4

The Ohio State Buckeyes had one of the most shocking entries into the NCAA Transfer Portal thus far, with quarterback Kyle McCord leaving the program on Monday.

And his now former Buckeyes teammate, Marvin Harrison Jr., reacted to the departure of McCord in a social media post.

Harrison Jr. excelled with McCord as his QB this season, catching 67 passes for 1,211 yards and 14 touchdowns, with a career-high 18.1 yards per catch.

The pair were also high school teammates at St. Joseph’s Prep School in Philadelphia, where they were both four-star recruits.

Running back TreVeyon Henderson also posted about the McCord news, expressing his love for his now-former teammate.

“Love my brother man,” Henderson said on X. “What you dealt with and sacrificed this whole (season) to be out on that field when you didn’t have to man no one could ever question your toughness and your willingness to give it your all for this team. A true team player, God has a great plan for you brotha.”

December 4

Ohio State linebacker Reid Carrico has entered the NCAA Transfer Portal.

Carrico spent three years with the Buckeyes, playing in 19 games, including nine in 2023.

December 4

The Ohio State Buckeyes have lost yet another player to the NCAA Transfer Portal, this time along the offensive line.

Jakob James, who played six offensive snaps this season for the Buckeyes, will enter the portal as a grad transfer with two years of eligibility remaining.

“Thank you to everyone that has helped me get this far on my journey,” James said in his announcement. “To my Buckeye brothers – wouldn’t change a second of it. Love you all. I have entered the portal as a grad transfer with two years remaining.”

December 4

The NCAA Transfer portal officially opened at midnight on Monday morning, and the Buckeyes have already been one of the most affected teams by it.

That continued Monday morning, with safety Kye Stokes becoming the sixth player and the third defensive back to leave the program.

Stokes, a former 4-star recruit, played 11 games in two seasons with the Buckeyes, making 12 tackles

He has three years of eligibility remaining at his next stop.

December 3

Ohio State kicker Parker Lewis has entered the NCAA Transfer Portal. Lewis spent two seasons with the Buckeyes after transferring from USC in 2022.

Lewis kicked off twice for the Buckeyes this season in his second-string role behind Jayden Fielding.

December 3

The Ohio State Buckeyes have now lost six players to the NCAA Transfer Portal, and three on Sunday. And the latest, cornerback Jyaire Brown, might be the biggest one yet.

According to reports from On3, Brown plans to enter the portal on Monday, after playing in 13 games over the last two seasons. He will have three years of eligibility remaining.

In his 13 games, Brown made nine tackles, with three pass breakups and one forced fumble. The majority of his production came in 2022, when he appeared in nine games, and was a key reserve in a Buckeyes secondary that was battling injuries.

December 3

The Ohio State Buckeyes lost their second player of the day to the NCAA Transfer Portal on Sunday evening, with defensive back Ryan Turner electing to leave the program.

The Chaminade-Madonna Prep (Hollywood, FL) product came to Ohio State as a three-star prospect in the 2022 class, with offers from Arkansas, Boston College, Clemson and FIU, among others.

Turner played in one game this season, making two tackles against Minnesota. He will have three years of eligibility remaining.

December 3

The losses to the NCAA Transfer Portal continued for the Ohio State Buckeyes on Sunday, with former four-star running back Evan Pryor becoming the fourth player to leave the program.

Pryor, who will have three years of eligibility remaining, came to Ohio State ranked as the No. 6 running back in the nation, and the No. 5 player in North Carolina.

Pryor has played in eight games for the Buckeyes in his three years in Columbus, rushing 40 times for 147 yards and one touchdown.

November 30

The Ohio State Buckeyes have lost their third player to the NCAA Transfer Portal.

According to a report from the Colombus Dispatch, Ohio State offensive lineman Vic Cutler is entering the portal after as a graduate transfer one season with the team.

Cutler transferred to the Buckeyes from Louisiana Monroe a season ago. He played in just four games this season for the Buckeyes in a reserve role.

November 30

According to reports from Rivals.com, Ohio State safety Cameron Martinez will enter the NCAA Transfer Portal.

The former Michigan Gatorade Player of the Year played in three games in 2023, making two tackles.

Martinez also played in 13 games in 2022, and 12 games in 2021, making 38 tackles, .5 tackles for loss, four pass deflections, and one interception, which he took back for a touchdown.

November 30

The Ohio State Buckeyes offered Middle Tennessee State defensive line transfer Marley Cook on Thursday, the former lightning defender announced.

Cook, a grad transfer, will visit Colombus on Dec. 15.

This season, Cook tallied 22 tackles, six tackles for loss, one sack, and one forced fumble. In 2022, he had 22 tackles, 6.5 sacks, and nine tackles for loss. Cook also had three sacks in 2021, to go along with 3.5 tackles for loss.

May 8

Now former Ohio State offensive lineman Ben Christman has committed to the Kentucky Wildcats, he announced Sunday.

Christman was in contention for one of the tackle positions in the offensive line competition, but that spot will be occupied now by someone else.

Christman was the No. 224 player in the country, as the 15th-best interior offensive lineman and the seventh-best player in Ohio.

The Akron, OH. native played in nine snaps at right guard against Indiana last season and received a 69.7 pass block grade and 60.1 run block grade, according to Pro Football Focus.

May 1

Ohio State wide receiver Kaleb Brown has entered the NCAA Transfer Portal, according to reports.

Brown was once a 4-star recruit and the No. 107 overall player in the 2022 class.

April 30

Ohio State needed a tackle in the transfer portal and now it got one.

Former San Diego State Aztecs right tackle Josh Simmons announced his transfer to the Buckeyes Sunday and will immediately step in and compete for a starting tackle spot.

Simmons started all 13 games for the Aztecs last season, and in 799 offensive snaps, received a 65.3 pass block grade and a 47.7 run block grade, according to Pro Football Focus.

According to Pro Football Focus, Simmons allowed four sacks, three quarterback hits while committing 17 penalties.

Ohio State allowed five sacks in the spring game, something that will need to be cleaned up before week 1 against Indiana next season.

During the spring, Tegra Tshabola and Zen Michalski took the majority of snaps at right tackle.

April 29

Former Notre Dame wideout Lorenzo Styles entered the NCAA Transfer Portal earlier this month. And now he is on his way to Columbus, where he will join his brother Sonny Styles with the Buckeyes.

April 26

Ohio State Buckeyes offensive lineman Ben Christman and linebacker Jackson Kuwatch both entered the transfer portal Wednesday.

The news comes one day after wide receiver Caleb Burton entered the portal Tuesday. Christman was in contention for one of the tackle positions in the offensive line competition, but that spot will be occupied now by someone else.

Christman was the No. 224 player in the country, as the 15th-best interior offensive lineman and seventh-best player in Ohio.

The Akron, OH. native played in nine snaps at right guard against Indiana last season and received a 69.7 pass block grade and 60.1 run block grade, according to Pro Football Focus.

Kuwatch joined the Buckeyes as a walk on in June 2021, as all seven of his career snaps at Ohio State came on special teams in 2022.

The Lakota West High School product was named a First Team All-Ohio selection and Southwest Ohio Defensive Player of the Year, recording 53 tackles and two sacks.

Kuwatch lost his Black Stripe Oct. 20, 2021, and didn’t play a snap on defense in his two seasons in Columbus.

April 25

Former four-star wide receiver Caleb Burton came to Ohio State with high hopes in 2022, but after just one season, those hopes appear to be at an end.

According to reports from The Athletic, Burton has entered the NCAA Transfer Portal, ending his career in Columbus.

The Lake Travis (Austin, TX) native did not see the field for the Buckeyes in his freshman season and will have four years of eligibility remaining.

March 21

As spring practices continue in Columbus, an Ohio native who played elsewhere in the Big Ten is in town for a fresh look at the program.

Former Maryland defensive lineman Tank Booker, a 6-foot-4, 320–pound interior defensive lineman who spent four years in College Park, announced his departure from the Terps on March 6. He visited Arkansas soon after and now appears to be on the Buckeyes’ radar once again.

Booker prepped at Cincinnati (Ohio) Winton Woods High School, where he was a second-team All-State selection and the Enquirer Division II Defensive Player of the Year as a senior. Last year at Maryland, he registered a career-high six tackles against SMU while forcing a pair of fumbles and picking up a sack against Michigan a week later.

Due to the extra year of eligibility dating back to 2020, Booker should have up to two more years of college eligibility remaining. The official transfer portal window doesn’t open until the month of May.

BY MATT GALATZAN
Publisher of LonghornsCountry.com and AllAggies.com. Managing Editor of BuckeyesNow.com and TheGroveReports.com. Follow me on Twitter: @MattGalatzan. You can also find me on RamDigest.com, TexansDaily.com and more Fan Nation properties.

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