Buckeye Scoop has learned that Ohio State junior wide receiver Jameson Williams has entered the transfer portal.
Williams, who was a starter for the Buckeyes at the X receiver last season, caught nine passes for 154 yards and a touchdown in 2020. As a true freshman in 2019 he caught six passes for 112 yards and a touchdown.
Williams was dropped down to the twos this spring as the Buckeyes moved starter Garrett Wilson from the slot to the X in order to get sophomore Jaxon Smith-Njigba up with the ones in the slot.
Williams came to Ohio State from Cardinal Ritter College Prep in St. Louis where he was the No. 82 player in the class of 2019 and the No. 13 wide receiver overall.
Asked this spring about his role in the offense with Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave and if he felt like a forgotten man last year, Williams didn’t sound like a guy who was looking to move on.
“No, I really don’t feel left out. Me personally, I really don’t look forward to other people crediting me because I know it’s gonna come,” he said.
“I feel like last season was a good season. I just feel like it was a good season overall. I made plays. I had fun. I had a lot of fun. I feel like I got better as the season went on also. But this offseason, I feel like I got a lot better. I’ve been just working on certain things and then perfecting those certain things to become a full wide receiver.”
Ohio State’s depth at the position as well as the NCAA’s free one-time transfer waiver likely both factored into Williams’ decision. The Buckeyes already lost one receiver to transfer in the last year in Mookie Cooper, who was also a St. Louis native. He ended up at Missouri.
Williams will certainly have plenty of options for a new landing spot and will be eligible to play this year with three years remaining should he choose to exercise the free year that was granted to all NCAA athletes this past year.