Transfer Roundup: WR Julian Fleming joins Ohio State exodus

Former five-star wide receiver recruit Julian Fleming announced that he is leaving Ohio State.Fleming had 72 catches for 1,582 yards and 22 touchdown this season after catching 78 passes for 1,524 yards and 22 touchdowns as a junior.”I want to thank Ohio State and all the amazing people who were apart of my rollercoaster of a journey,” Fleming wrote in a statement posted on X. “Playing in Columbus has truly been one of the greatest times of my life and I want to take the time to thank the entire Buckeyes nation for all the support! With that being said I am entering my name into the transfer portal for a final year!”The two-time Gatorade Pennsylvania Player of the Year winner in 2018 and 2019 was the No. 4 overall prospect in the country by 247Sports in 2020. He joins a list of Buckeyes entering the transfer portal that also includes starting quarterback Kyle McCord.Ohio State will have significant changes to its wide receiving corps next season, with Marvin Harrison Jr. and Emeka Egbuka expected to enter the 2024 NFL draft.Carnell Tate had 260 yards and a touchdown as a true freshman, while the roster also includes fellow freshmen Brandon Inniss, Noah Rogers and Bryson Rodgers. Coach Ryan Day’s incoming recruiting class features Mylan Graham, Jeremiah McClellan and Jeremiah Smith.”I’m going to play in an NFL defense surrounded by some of the best players in the country,” Clark told “Being coached by guys whose attention-to-detail is second-to-none in a building where everybody is dead set on not just getting to the Playoff, but winning.”–Georgia defensive end Jonathan Jefferson will leave the Bulldogs, whom he joined as a four-star recruit in the 2021 class. He played in seven games this season, recording a lone tackle. He joins Georgia pass rusher Darris Smith in the portal, and the Bulldogs could lose defensive linemen Nazir Stackhouse and Warren Brinson to the NFL draft.–Arizona State graduate transfer defensive back Jordan Clark announced Monday night that he is headed to Notre Dame. Clark, who recorded 50 tackles last season and appeared in 40 games for the Sun Devils, will play his sixth season for the Fighting Irish courtesy of the universal pandemic eligibility waiver.–Former four-star safety Jardin Gilbert joins the list of former Jimbo Fisher recruits leaving Texas A&M, according to On3. The White Castle, La., native registered 79 tackles in 25 games for the Aggies. However, Gilbert appeared in only two games this season, recording five tackles.–Twin brothers Destin Wade and Keaten Wade are planning to transfer from Kentucky, per multiple reports.Destin Wade is a redshirt quarterback whose only appearance for the Wildcats was in last season’s Music City Bowl, starting after Will Levis left the program to prepare for the NFL draft. He was rated as a three- or four-star recruit by various services who was named Tennessee’s “Mr. Football” for Division I, Class 6A.Meanwhile, Keaten Wade recorded 35 tackles and a sack while appearing every game this season.–NC State quarterback MJ Morris told 247Sports that LSU is among programs to contact him since entering the transfer portal. Morris has thrown for 1,367 yards with 14 touchdowns and six interceptions in nine games over the past two years.