Ohio State’s Transfer Numbers Above National Average

By December 22, 2021 (12:00 pm)Football

Since the beginning of the NCAA Transfer Portal in October 2018, the landscape of college football has changed. This is especially true since the NCAA ruled earlier this year to allow student-athletes a one-time transfer without requiring them to sit out for a year.

According to 247Sports, the portal saw 1,720 entries in the initial 2018-19 cycle before dipping to 1,695 in 2019-20. This past year, however, the number of entries increased to 2,510 transfers.

The Buckeyes have seen 10 players enter the portal in recent months, including Quinn Ewers, Dallas Gant, Darrion Henry-Young, Ryan Jacoby, Jagger LaRoe, Jack Miller, Ryan Watts and Craig Young, as well as former linebacker K’Vaughan Pope and safety Amir Riep who are also in the portal, but were dismissed from the team prior to them entering.

In total, Ohio State has seen 28 players enter the transfer portal since its installation. Italics denote a walk-on player.

Alex Badine2018CBAlbany
Matthew Baldwin2018QBTCU
Malik Barrow2016DLUCF
Mookie Cooper2020WRMissouri
Kory Curtis2017QBGannon University
Quinn Ewers2021QBTexas
Dallas Gant2018LBN/A
Jaelen Gill2018WRBoston College
Zaid Hamdan2018DLJames Madison
Darrion Henry-Young2020DEN/A
Ryan Jacoby2019OTPitt
Tyreke Johnson2018CBNebraska
Keandre Jones2016LBMaryland
Jagger LaRoe2018QBN/A
Tate Martell2017QBMiami
Jack Miller2020QBN/A
Garyn Prater2017WRCincinnati
Isaiah Pryor2017SNotre Dame
L’Christian Smith2018WRCincinnati
Brian Snead2018RBIowa Western C.C.
Ryan Watts2020CBN/A
Brendon White2017SRutgers
Alex Williams2018DEVanderbilt
Jameson Williams2019WRAlabama
Max Wray2018OTColorado
Craig Young2019LB/SKansas

On average, 19.3 players per team, including walk-ons, have entered the transfer portal since 2018 according to 247Sports, meaning the Buckeyes have seen an above average number of players enter the portal. While it could point to a competitive nature that results in the best players rising to the top, it’s left Ohio State struggling for numbers at some positions, including linebacker and in the secondary.

Ewers highlights the group of transfers as the nation’s top recruit in 2021, though the biggest loss for Ohio State may have been Jameson Williams, who has 1,445 receiving yards for Alabama this season.

Though Ohio State has had losses to the portal, the Buckeyes have also been able to take advantage, with Justin Fields, Jonah Jackson, Trey Sermon and Noah Ruggles all transferring in from elsewhere.

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