Julian Fleming is a Buckeye through and through, or at the very least that's his statement at this time.
The Ohio State 5-star wide receiver commit is expected to sign on in Columbus. While the Buckeyes have been in the news on Friday for the wrong reasons thanks to a potential suspension to stud DE Chase Young, Fleming wants to ensure OSU fans that he's not going to pile on, restating his intentions to report to the program in January.
That's what Ryan Day and Co. like to hear.
Recruiting is a dangerous game, as college coaches are dealing with elite talents, albeit 17 and 18-year-olds. Their opinions are easily swayed.
Fortunately for the Buckeyes, they don't have to worry about Fleming suiting up elsewhere. And that's a huge relief considering Big Ten rivals Penn State were one of the teams vying for his signature during his recruitment process, and were also a rumored destination for the highly-coveted wideout had he flipped his commitment.
Fleming is one of the top talents in the class of 2020, ranked as the No. 1 wide receiver and No. 3 overall player per 247Sports.
With Justin Fields still expected to be behind center for Ohio State come Fleming's freshman season, the Catawissa, PA, native has every reason to stick with Day and the Buckeyes. OSU's offense is set for years to come, especially if JK Dobbins opts to come back for his senior season.
Now that's a scary thought.