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Julian Fleming: Ohio State feels like home for top-ranked wideout

Article written by:On3 imageJeremy Birmingham


Julian Fleming by Birm/Lettermen Row

The top-ranked receiver prospect in the 2020 recruiting class has left Ohio State following a pivotal two-day visit to the school and Catawissa (Pa.) 5-star prospect Julian Fleming says he’s beginning to feel very comfortable in Columbus.

“The whole staff, they always show me love,” Fleming said of what stood out the most on his visit. “It is starting to be an ‘at-home feeling,’ especially with the players.”

Fleming watched practice on Saturday, moving in and out of the Buckeyes football team and talking to different coaches and players. He says that this trip allowed him a chance to see what life as an Ohio State player is about and he got a taste of that from three receivers that recently finished their playing careers for the Buckeyes.

“What was different (about this trip) was just the ability to talk to Terry McLaurin, Parris Campbell and Johnnie Dixon. They really helped me gain a different perspective of Ohio State.

“We talked to a lot of players about Ohio State outside of football and what they do is really special between the Real-Life Wednesday and their new “Brand U” thing.”

The relationship between the 6-foot-3, 210-pound Fleming and Buckeyes receivers coach Brian Hartline has continued to drive the young receiver’s interest in Ohio State and he watched closely at how the second-year assistant coach taught his group on the field.

“Coach Hart is hands-on, he keeps his gloves in his back pocket,” Fleming said. “All the stuff he expects from you he can show you himself. I think that’s one of the most important things from a development standpoint.”

Ryan Day has also been involved with Fleming for months, texting with the Southern Columbia standout nearly every day. It was important for the new Buckeyes coach and Fleming’s family to get some time together.

“My mom liked him a lot,” he said of Day. “We already have a relationship, so it was nice for my mom to finally meet him.”

The Buckeyes are in line for an official visit for Fleming, who says a couple of unnamed schools are standing out to him at the moment.

“There are two schools that have really separated themselves,” he said. “Right now we’re setting up some official visits, trying to set them in stone. I’ll probably take an official visit to Ohio State for the Penn State game.”