Buckeyes add elite receiver Fleming for 2020

Extensive receiver Julian Fleming, the No. four ranked recruit total, has dedicated to Ohio State. Fleming, the highest receiver within the 2020 class, selected the Buckeyes over Alabama, Clemson, Georgia and Penn State and is the second five-star to decide to Ohio State on this cycle.

“For some time, I assumed I used to be going to Penn State, then for some time I assumed I used to be going to Clemson after which I simply lastly settled down and figured it out,” Fleming stated. “It was simply the at dwelling feeling and their gamers. (Ohio State) places their gamers first and all my visits there, I had numerous hours with all of the gamers, so I actually obtained the faculty vibe immediately.”

His recruitment has gone back-and-forth, and for fairly a while many believed that he would add to Clemson’s spectacular recruiting class. A lot in order that Fleming was recruited by the present Clemson commits and needed to break the information to his friends that he would not be becoming a member of them in faculty.

“I am not going to lie, I am nonetheless of their group chat,” Fleming stated. “They have been all recruiting me actually onerous, however they understood and revered my determination, and as soon as I advised them I wasn’t going to Clemson all of them stated good luck. I discuss to D.J. (Uiagalelei) on a regular basis and he is a type of kind-hearted those that was similar to, ‘You are going to do it wherever you go,’ in order that was a cool factor.”

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Fleming, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound huge receiver from Southern Columbia Excessive Faculty in Catawissa, Pennsylvania, joins five-star offensive deal with Paris Johnson Jr. within the class. Remarkably, Ohio State has landed a minimum of one five-star commit in every of its courses going again to 2012.

That is the sixth five-star commit for the Buckeyes going again to the 2017 class and Fleming is now including one other elite degree receiver to the long run offense.

Ryan Day and his workers signed Garrett Wilson, the No. 2 ranked receiver, Ronnie Hickman, the No. 15 receiver, and Jameson Williams, the No. 15 wideout, within the 2019 class and now have the top-ranked receiver in 2020. Add that in to the product on the sector and the success Ohio State noticed on offense and Fleming is happy about becoming a member of and seeing success himself.

“Ohio State’s offense was clicking final yr, it was undoubtedly a giant affect,” Fleming stated. “They have been like primary in passing all yr. They’ve Justin Fields coming in now and so they have some folks which can be going to be there for a short time.

Exterior of the offense, Fleming was closely influenced by the off-field applications Ohio State has arrange for its gamers and the quantity of focus in serving to them after soccer.

The Buckeyes artwork director, designer and brander, Samuel Silverman, developed a program known as Model U that takes gamers step-by-step by way of a branding train and helps them develop their very own private model. This system can final all 4 years the participant is on campus and has even bled over right into a participant’s time after faculty in no matter subject they select.

“The Model U factor was actually cool and I like their real-life Wednesdays the place they’ve audio system are available weekly,” Fleming stated. “Additionally, their internship program, they’ve one of many widest ones having the ability to ship their gamers worldwide. Simply to have the ability to get alternatives outdoors of soccer, so these are two issues that stood out out to me outdoors of soccer.”

The Buckeyes assist their gamers off the sector, however they’re serving to themselves on the sector by including Fleming to this class. The dedication offers Ohio State seven ESPN 300 commitments and 4 prospects ranked within the prime three of their place.

Fleming is a prospect who may are available and play immediately and whereas he’s hoping that is the end result, he’s prepared to attend his flip and work for a possibility.

“I am undoubtedly going to attempt immediately as a result of they will solely have a pair solidified spots,” Fleming stated. “They misplaced three receivers this yr, they will in all probability lose one or two subsequent yr. I am hoping to go make an instantaneous influence, that is all the time the purpose, but when something occurs I am simply going to attempt to work my method up.”

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