Ohio State Offers Jackson State Graduate Transfer Wide Receiver Daylen Baldwin

By Dan Hope on June 10, 2021 at 7:24 pm
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Ohio State could still add another wide receiver to its 2021 roster.

The Buckeyes made an offer to Daylen Baldwin, a graduate transfer wide receiver from Jackson State who entered the transfer portal last week, after he visited Ohio State on Thursday.

Baldwin was the Southwestern Athletic Conference's leading receiver this spring with 540 yards and seven touchdowns on 27 catches in just six games. At 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds, the Southfield, Michigan native demonstrated plenty of speed and downfield playmaking ability in his lone playing season at Jackson State after transferring from Morgan State.

Although Baldwin is now a redshirt senior, he has two remaining seasons of eligibility after the NCAA gave all players a free year of eligibility in 2020.

Even with Wednesday's addition of graduate transfer kicker Noah Ruggles, Ohio State still has three available scholarships for the 2021 season, and the Buckeyes have taken a few depth hits to their wide receiver room with Jameson Williams transferring to Alabama, Mookie Cooper transferring to Missouri, Gee Scott Jr. moving to tight end and Demario McCall transferring to cornerback. According to Lettermen Row's Jeremy Birmingham, Jaylen Harris and Ellijah Gardiner are also no longer playing for the Buckeyes, though that has not yet been confirmed by Ohio State.

That said, it's uncertain where exactly Baldwin would fit on a wide receiver depth chart that's headlined by returning starters Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson and also includes a bevy of promising young talent including second-year receivers Jaxon Smith-Njigba and Julian Fleming and true freshmen Emeka Egbuka and Marvin Harrison Jr., all of whom have been expected to have roles in the rotation this fall.

Ohio State was the first Power 5 offer Baldwin announced since entering the portal last week, though he added an offer from Michigan on Friday. 

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