Ohio State Freshman Wide Receiver Bryson Rodgers Enters the Transfer Portal

By Garrick Hodge on December 31, 2023 at 6:25 pm
Bryson Rodgers

Ohio State's wide receiver depth has taken a hit.

Freshman wide receiver Bryson Rodgers announced he would enter the transfer portal on Sunday after appearing in just two games in his first year in Columbus.

Rodgers played in three snaps in each of the Purdue and Michigan State games, but his path to playing time in the near future could have been blocked as Carnell Tate and Brandon Inniss are in line for big roles in the 2024 season, with Emeka Egbuka also still considering a return to OSU for his senior season. Not to mention, soon-to-be freshman phenom Jeremiah Smith is likely to see the field early.

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Rodgers is the third Buckeye to enter the transfer portal since the conclusion of the Cotton Bowl and the 17th overall OSU player to transfer since the portal opened earlier this month. The deadline to enter the transfer portal in the winter window is Jan. 2, though a player who has already entered the portal before the deadline can still choose a new school or return to his original team after the deadline has passed. 

Rodgers was part of a four-man 2023 wide receiver class that included Tate, Inniss and Noah Rogers. He was considered a four-star recruit by 247Sports' composite rankings.

Rodgers joins a group of 2023 Buckeyes currently in the transfer portal that includes punter Jesse Mirco, defensive tackle Jaden McKenzie, wide receiver Julian Fleming, tight end Joe Royer, cornerback Jyaire Brown and kicker Parker Lewis.

Former Buckeyes who have transferred to new teams since the end of the regular season include quarterback Kyle McCord (Syracuse), running backs Evan Pryor (Cincinnati) and Chip Trayanum (Kentucky), centers Victor Cutler Jr. (Louisville) and Jakob James (Toledo), defensive end Omari Abor (SMU), linebacker Reid Carrico (West Virginia), cornerback Ryan Turner (Boston College) and safeties Kye Stokes (Cincinnati) and Cameron Martinez (Boston College).

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