The college football transfer portal has turned into the Wild West. It can be hard to keep track of which players are coming and going in what has become a rapidly evolving space. As such, Land-Grant Holy Land is here to keep you updated on which Ohio State players will be looking for new homes this offseason. This tracker will only focus on outgoing names, as we will have individual breakdowns for any Buckeye newcomers.
The below is sorted in the order these decisions were announced, and we will keep this space updated as new names join the list, with the transfer portal period officially spanning from Dec. 4-Jan. 2.
Omari Abor - DE | SMU
Amor was the No. 63 overall player and No. 6 edge rusher in the 2022 class per the 247Sports Composite. The Texas native’s time in Columbus was mostly spent on the sideline as a result of injuries, playing just one game in 2022 before redshirting and then needing surgery for an undisclosed injury prior to the 2023 campaign. Abor officially played 29 total snaps this season, registering two total tackles — one each against Western Kentucky and Purdue — and one tackle for loss. He has three years of eligibility remaining.
Cam Martinez - SAF | Boston College
Martinez came to Ohio State as the No. 14 athlete and No. 7 player out of Michigan in the 2020 class, per the 247Sports Composite. After playing 175 snaps for the Buckeyes last season in a rotational role, Martinez played just 28 total snaps this year, with all but six of those coming in the team’s first three games. A dynamic player two-way player out of high school, it wasn’t clear which side of the ball he would end up at for the Buckeyes, but he spent his time almost exclusively in the defensive backfield. In his three years in Columbus, Martinez totaled 38 tackles, four pass breakups, and a pick-six. He has two years of eligibility remaining.
Victor Cutler - OL | Louisville
After transferring to Ohio State prior to the 2023 season, Cutler is now back in the transfer portal. As the starting left tackle for UL Monroe in 2022, the 6-foot-3, 300-pound offensive lineman came to Columbus expecting to compete for the center job, but it was ultimately Carson Hinzman who earned the starting nod. Cutler appeared only in mop-up duty for Ohio State, playing 21 snaps spanning the course of five games. He has one year of eligibility remaining.
Evan Pryor - RB | Cincinnati
There was hope that Pryor would join the running back rotation at Ohio State as more of a pass-catching threat, but a torn patellar tendon that caused him to miss the entire 2022 season hampered those expectations. Pryor joined the Buckeyes as the No. 6 running back and No. 83 player nationally in the 2021 class, per the 247Sports Composite, and was highly sought-after because of his dual-threat ability as a runner and in the passing game. As a result of the injury and a crowded RB room, Pryor saw just 32 snaps this season, tallying 19 carries for 49 yards and one reception for two yards. He has three years of eligibility remaining.
Ryan Turner - CB | Boston College
Turner, a Florida native, came to Ohio State as a four-star prospect and the No. 37 corner in the 2022 class, per the 247Sports Composite. After playing in four games (20 snaps) and redshirting last season, Turner appeared in just two games this year, playing 14 snaps apiece in blowout wins over Michigan State and Minnesota. In total, the Chaminade-Madonna College Prep product recorded three tackles, one tackle for loss, and one sack in his two years with the Buckeyes. He has three years of eligibility remaining.
Parker Lewis - K
Lewis transferred to Ohio State in 2022, sitting behind Noah Ruggles for a year and looking to compete for the starting kicker role this season. That job was ultimately won by Jayden Fielding, and with Fielding being just a sophomore, that left Lewis without a clear path for playing time with the Buckeyes. Lewis appeared in just one game for OSU this season, taking a pair of kickoffs against Western Kentucky — both of which resulted in touchbacks. In his two years with the Trojans, Lewis made 26 of his 35 field goal attempts and went 46-of-47 on extra points. He enters the portal as a grad transfer.
Jyaire Brown - CB
The third member of Ohio State’s secondary to enter the portal thus far, Brown was the No. 24 CB in the 2022 class and the No. 8 player out of Ohio, per the 247Sports Composite. It looked as though the Lakota West product was poised for an increase in playing time in his sophomore season after playing in 10 games (197 snaps) as a freshman, recording three pass breakups and a forced fumble, but saw just 47 snaps this year as he trailed Denzel Burke, Davison Igbinosun, Jordan Hancock and Jermaine Mathews Jr. on the depth chart. He has three years of eligibility remaining.
Kye Stokes - SAF | Cincinnati
The fourth member of the Buckeyes’ secondary and the third defensive back from Ohio State’s 2022 recruiting class to enter the portal, Stokes was the No. 16 athlete in the cycle, per the 247Sports Composite. The Florida native was the first player in his class to shed his black stripe, and after an impressive showing in the spring game looked like he was pushing for playing time early in his career. Instead, he played just 83 snaps in his first year in Columbus — just 9 over the team’s final six games — and only 10 this season even with some injuries to the Buckeye secondary. He has three years of eligibility remaining.
Kyle McCord - QB | Syracuse
In a bit of stunning news, Ohio State’s starting quarterback has entered the transfer portal. McCord started all 12 games for the Buckeyes this season, completing 65.8% of his passes for 3,170 yards with 24 touchdowns and six interceptions. It was an up-and-down year for the former five-star prospect, and although he would have been in the mix to win the job again next season, McCord has decided to take his talents elsewhere. The Philadelphia native was the No. 6 QB and No. 28 overall player in the 2021 class, per the 247Sports Composite, and was of course high school teammates with Marvin Harrison Jr. He is the first OSU starter from this past season to enter the portal.
Jakob James - OL | Toledo
After entering last offseason in the mix for Ohio State’s starting center job, James is now in the portal. The former No. 55 guard and No. 28 player out of Ohio in the 2020 class, per the 247Sports Composite, played only six snaps this season after missing the entirety of spring practice with an undisclosed injury that required surgery, which ultimately took him out of the running for a spot atop the depth chart. He is the second Buckeye center to enter the transfer portal, joining Cutler and leaving Ohio State with just two scholarship players at the position in Hinzman and Joshua Padilla. James has two years of eligibility remaining.
Reid Carrico - LB | West Virginia
The fifth defensive player and first linebacker on this list, Carrico is now in the transfer portal. A top-100 recruit in the 2021 class, the Ironton, Ohio native was the No. 9 LB and No. 3 player in the state in the cycle, per the 247Sports Composite. In what has been a crowded linebacker room each of the last two years, especially with only two starters on the field in Jim Knowles’ defensive scheme, Carrico played exclusively on special teams in both 2022 and 2023. He appeared in 19 total games in his three seasons with the program, recording five tackles. Carrico has two years of eligibility remaining.
Julian Fleming - WR | Penn State
The second Ohio State starter looking for a new home, Fleming joins McCord in the transfer portal. The former five-star wide receiver spent the last four seasons in Columbus, totaling 79 receptions for 963 yards and seven touchdowns — six of which came last season. Fleming was among the Buckeyes’ three starting wideouts each of the last two years, finishing third on the team behind Marvin Harrison Jr. and Emeka Egbuka with 503 snaps in 2022 and second behind only Harrison Jr. this season with 552. Fleming came to OSU as the No. 1 overall WR in the 2020 class and had a decision to make whether he would enter the 2024 NFL Draft. Instead, he will look to continue his collegiate career elsewhere and has one year of eligibility remaining.
Chip Trayanum - RB | Kentucky
While not technically a starter, Trayanum was a big part of Ohio State’s rushing attack this past season. Originally coming to the Buckeyes as a linebacker, Chip quickly transitioned back to the running back position he played in high school and at Arizona State, as he was formerly a four-star recruit and the No. 23 RB in the 2020 class. An Ohio native, Trayanum finished this season second to only TreVeyon Henderson in snaps with 249, racking up 373 yards and three touchdowns on 85 carries. The 5-foot-11, 235-pound bruiser was the Buckeyes’ go-to back in obvious power run situations and is the second player at the position to enter the portal. He has one year of eligibility remaining.
Joe Royer - TE
Reserve tight end Joe Royer has entered the transfer portal. Entrenched on the depth chart behind Cade Stover and Gee Scott Jr., Royer played 79 total snaps over the last two seasons. He played a career-high 28 snaps in the Peach Bowl against Georgia after Stover exited the game with an injury, catching one pass for nine yards. More of a blocker than a receiving threat, Royer tallied four catches for 24 yards over his four years in Columbus. He did not see the field much for the Buckeyes in 2023, with 37 of his 44 snaps this season coming in the team’s first two games. The No. 14 TE and No. 9 player in Ohio in the 2020 class, Royer has two years of eligibility remaining.
Jaden McKenzie - DL
The first post-Cotton Bowl roster move for Ohio State, defensive tackle Jaden McKenzie has entered the transfer portal. Spending the past five years with the program, McKenzie never quite carved out a niche for himself along the defensive front, playing less than 100 snaps each season with the Buckeyes. In a career-high 77 snaps this regular season, McKenzie totaled 10 tackles with 1.5 tackles for loss. The North Carolina native was a former three-star prospect and the No. 58 DT nationally per the 247Sports Composite in the 2019 class. He has one year of eligibility remaining.
Jesse Mirco - P | Vanderblit
After being quietly one of Ohio State’s most productive players in the Cotton Bowl — which, admittedly, is a low bar — punter Jesse Mirco has entered the transfer portal. Averaging 48.3 yards per punt with a long of 61 yards against Missouri, Mirco averaged 44 yards per kick overall over his three seasons in Columbus. The former ProKick Australia graduate had a tough time in the Buckeyes’ loss to Michigan, averaging just under 37 yards per kick against the Wolverines, but given he was working under the worst special teams coach in America, he did a solid job. He will have one year of eligibility remaining.
Bryson Rodgers - WR *(WITHDRAWN)
Bryson Rodgers joins McKenzie and Mirco as the third Ohio State player to enter the transfer portal following the Cotton Bowl. The former four-star prospect and No. 49 overall receiver in the cycle, Rodgers saw only six total snaps for the Buckeyes this season — three each against Michigan State and Purdue — and did not register a catch. While a potentially valuable part of OSU’s wide receiver depth, Rodgers’ path to playing time was likely blocked by Carnell Tate, Brandon Inniss, incoming freshman Jeremiah Smith, and the potential return of Emeka Egbuka. The 6-foot-2 pass-catcher has four years of eligibility remaining.
*UPDATE - Rodgers has withdrawn from the transfer portal and elected to return to Ohio State.
Noah Rogers - WR | N.C. State
Shortly after Rodgers announced his intentions to enter the transfer portal, fellow 2023 receiver Noah Rogers elected to join him. One of the four wideouts in that cycle that also included Tate, Inniss, and Rodgers, Rogers was a high four-star prospect as the No. 8 WR and No. 40 overall player in the class. A player with really solid upside, his path, like Rodgers, was also blocked by the aforementioned receivers, although there was still a decent chance he could see some playing time in 2024. Rogers played 14 total snaps for Ohio State this season but did not catch a pass after looking impressive in the Spring Game. He has four years of eligibility remaining.
TE - Sam Hart
With Ohio State losing tight end Cade Stover to the NFL Draft and the addition of Will Kacmarek via the transfer portal, the Buckeyes saw one more change at the position group as Sam Hart has entered the transfer portal. A Colorado native, Hart was the No. 15 TE and the No. 388 player overall in the 2021 recruiting class. Blocked on the depth chart each of his first two seasons and with no clear avenue to significant playing time in Columbus, Hart will look for a new home with three years of eligibility remaining.