2. Julian Fleming
While the Ohio State football program does recruit and develop wide receivers better than any other position, losing Julian Fleming still hurts. He was slotted to be the number-one receiver on the team next year, assuming that Emeka Egbuka ends up leaving for the Draft.
Fleming was the former number-one recruit in the country when he came out of high school in 2020 but never quite lived up to that billing. Injuries really slowed him down and prevented him from showing his full potential. He just couldn't stay on the field while he was with the Buckeyes.
Lowing Fleming hurts, but losing him to Penn State is a gut punch. He's still a pretty good receiver and it's bad that the Buckeyes are going to have to face him next season. I never like facing old Buckeyes, especially ones that end up staying in the Big Ten.
Ohio State has the depth to replace Fleming. They bring in two five-star receivers this year and still have Carnell Tate and Jayden Ballard as guys who have seen time. If they are able to keep Egbuka, this receiver corp will still be incredibly dangerous next season.
I do hope Fleming succeeds at Penn State, just not when they're playing the Ohio State football team in State College next year. I still think he's a good kid and he always worked extremely hard to get back from his injuries. He just caught the injury bug too often.
The final player on this list also decided to leave the Ohio State football program.