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Transfer Portal: Former 5-Star, Heavy Penn State Target Visiting Nebraska

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A big-name transfer portal WR and Pennsylvania kid who was once a five-star recruit and heavy Penn State target is visiting another Big Ten school.

Julian Fleming, who played at Ohio State for four seasons and entered the portal the day it opened (last Monday), is taking an official visit to Nebraska, along with former OSU QB Kyle McCord, On3Sports’ Pete Nakos reported Sunday afternoon.

Coming out of Southern Columbia High School— located in Catawissa, which is roughly an hour and a half from State College— Fleming was the No. 1 receiver and No. 4 player in the country according to 247Sports, along with being the top-rated player in Pennsylvania.

As one could imagine, Penn State recruited Fleming hard.

He ended up committing to Ohio State in May 2019, picking it over Alamaba, Clemson, Georgia and, yes, Penn State, among other schools. 

247Sports’ Steve Wiltfong reported that Clemson was the runner-up in Fleming’s initial recruitment. But Fleming didn’t blossom into a superstar at Ohio State the way many expected, and this was largley due to an absurd amount of talent OSU recruited at that position. In his four seasons, Fleming’s teammates in the receivers room included first-round picks Chris Olave, Garrett Wilson and Jaxon-Smith Njigba. The current Buckeye team has a man named Marvin Harrison Jr., who many feel is the best player in the country, and Emeka Egbuka, who had more than 1,000 receiving yards in 2022. That’s also the year Fleming had his best statistical season, ending up with 533 yards and six touchdowns on 34 catches and helping Ohio State to its second consecutive College Football Playoff appearance, where it lost to Georgia in the semifinals. 

The receivers room was generally thought to be the biggest weakness during Penn State’s 2023 regular season. Aside from KeAndre Lambert-Smith (53 catches, 673 yards, four TD), no Penn State WR had more than 246 yards. But Penn State’s had quality options at receiver throughout the James Franklin era. Players such as Chris Godwin, Jahan Dotson and KJ Hamler all became high-round NFL draft picks. Penn State is sure to address that area of concern in some facet during this transfer portal window. 

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