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Buckeyes top On3 list of best wide receiver units in college football

Spencer-Holbrookby:Spencer Holbrook05/08/24


COLUMBUS — Another year, another loaded Ohio State wide receiver room.

Yes, the Buckeyes lost Heisman Trophy finalist, Biletnikoff Award winner and two-time unanimous All-American receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. to the first round of the NFL Draft. They also lost senior Julian Fleming to the transfer portal.

But that doesn’t matter. Because Brian Hartline has his wide receiver unit humming on the field and on the recruiting trail. And national college football experts agree: Ohio State has the best group of wide receivers in the country.

On3 national college football writer Jesse Simonton released his list of the top receiver units in the sport, and the Buckeyes are on top yet again, retaining the crown. The top 10 is rounded out, according to Simonton, by Oregon, Texas, Ole Miss, Missouri, Georgia, Miami, LSU, Oklahoma and Colorado.

Ohio State has Emeka Egbuka returning for his senior season to lead the group that also includes second-year receivers Carnell Tate, Brandon Inniss and Bryson Rodgers, as well as superstar five-star freshmen Jeremiah Smith, the top overall player in the 2024 recruiting class, and Mylan Graham.

Simonton echoed those praises. Here’s what he had to say about the Buckeyes wide receivers:

Death, taxes and Ohio State receivers. Once again, the Buckeyes have perhaps the most loaded room in the country in 2024 — and this is after losing All-American Marvin Harrison Jr. to the NFL Draft and former 5-star Julian Fleming to Penn State.

Emeka Egbuka opted to return for his senior season, while 5-star sophomores Carnell Tate and Brandon Inniss will step into bigger roles. Then there’s Jeremiah Smith, the No. 1 overall prospect in the 2024 recruiting class, and Top 40 prospect Mylan Graham.

Smith has been comp’d to Larry Fitzgerald and is considered the most ready-made freshman since Julio Jones. He lost his black stripe weeks into Ohio State’s spring practice — something that had never happened before. 

Jesse Simonton, On3

This continues the showing that Ohio State should have one of the best — if not the best — offenses in the sport this upcoming fall. Simonton recently ranked the Ohio State quarterback room as the second-best in the country, behind only Texas, and he ranked the Buckeyes tailback room as the No. 1 unit in the country.

None of this should come as a surprise. But as the season continues to draw closer, the buzz keeps growing for this Ohio State team that could be the No. 1 team in the country when preseason polls begin leaking out.

Ohio State is yet again loaded — especially at wide receiver.

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