Ohio State Center Jakob James Enters Transfer Portal

By Dan Hope on December 4, 2023 at 11:50 am
Jakob James vs. Toledo

Ohio State is now up to 10 players in the transfer portal.

The 10th player to enter the portal since the end of the regular season is center Jakob James, who entered the portal on Monday according to multiple reports.

James enters the portal after four years at Ohio State as a backup offensive lineman. A three-star recruit from Cincinnati, James never saw consistent playing time with the Buckeyes, playing only six offensive snaps this season.

While James was expected to compete for the starting center job this year, he missed the entirety of spring practice after undergoing surgery for an undisclosed injury. He ended up being the third-string center this season behind Carson Hinzman and Victor Cutler Jr., who has also since entered the transfer portal.

James’ departure leaves Ohio State with just two true centers on its roster for 2024 in Hinzman and Joshua Padilla, who redshirted this season as a true freshman.

James has two remaining years of collegiate eligibility.

He joins a list of Ohio State players to enter the portal that also includes quarterback Kyle McCord, running back Evan Pryor, defensive end Omari Abor, cornerbacks Jyaire Brown and Ryan Turner, safeties Cameron Martinez and Kye Stokes and kicker Parker Lewis.

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