Ohio State football player enters transfer portal for second time

The Ohio State football team will lose another player to the transfer portal just before it closes.
Nov 11, 2023; Columbus, Ohio, USA;  Ohio State Buckeyes safety Ja'Had Carter (14) during the second
Nov 11, 2023; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes safety Ja'Had Carter (14) during the second / Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

The Ohio State football program hasn't lost a lot of players to the transfer portal this Spring. In fact, it's been far fewer than expected. The Buckeyes have a lot of guys who want to come back and make a run at both a Big Ten Championship and a national championship.

The guys who have decided to enter the portal have been backups. They saw what kind of reps they were destined for this season after Spring practice and decided to go somewhere else. Another backup has decided to enter the portal right before it closes.

Ja'Had Carter has decided to enter the portal after just one year with the Ohio State football program. He transferred to Ohio State last season after three seasons at Syracuse. He didn't play a whole lot for the Buckeyes last year and his time was only going to dwindle next season.

Carter had just five tackles for the Buckeyes a year ago. With Caleb Downs transferring in and grabbing a safety spot, the Buckeyes weren't going to have any room for Carter. He is looking for somewhere that he can go and play right away. It just might not be at the Power 4 level.

I don't blame Carter for leaving. I think it's strange he's doing it so late in the transfer portal process. He waited until the very last second to get himself into the portal. It closes on Tuesday night. If he wanted to find a team that needed a safety, he probably should have gotten into it a couple of weeks ago.


It's unclear where Carter is headed. Perhaps he has a team already in mind or a team that tampered with him at some point. We wish him nothing but the best moving forward. Hopefully, he can make more of an impact for his next team.