The number of transfer portal exits is starting to add up for the Ohio State football team. Kye Stokes, Jakob James, and Jyaire Brown are the latest to enter.
The Ohio State football team got some shocking news on Monday morning that starting quarterback Kyle McCord has entered the transfer portal. Since then, two more players have joined him as backup secondary players Kye Stokes and Jyaire Brown also entered the portal. Offensive lineman Jakob James also entered the portal early Monday afternoon.
McCord, James, Stokes, and Brown will join Evan Pryor, Omari Abor, Victor Cutler Jr., Parker Lewis, Ryan Turner, and Cam Martinez as players who will be leaving the program.
James is a backup offensive lineman who was rumored to be in on the open center job last offseason before injuries derailed him. He has spent four seasons in Columbus.
Stokes, a backup safety was a former four-star recruit in the 2022 class and will have three years of eligibility left. He was a Spring Game hero the last two seasons for the Buckeyes, getting high praise for his play in the two games but it never seemed to transfer to the actual field of play.
Jyaire Brown is the bigger loss in my opinion. Brown was a four-star corner in the 2022 class out of Lakota West High School. The second-year corner started two games as a true freshman in 2022. He was certainly in line to receive playing time in 2023 but true freshmen Calvin Simpson-Hunt and Jermaine Mathews Jr. both appear to have jumped him on the depth chart.
Stokes and Brown join fellow secondary players Ryan Turner and Cam Martinez in leaving the program. The Ohio State football team will have to look at the portal to add a player, just from a team depth perspective.
Hopefully, all these portal players find a nice landing spot. All appear to have been bypassed on the depth chart by younger players, so they clearly want to get on the field before their college playing days are over. Best of luck to James, Stokes, and Brown.
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