Ohio State lands Alabama QB signee, 5-star recruit, via transfer portal
Ohio State has made another splash addition from the portal, landing an Alabama transfer. Former Alabama QB Julian Sayin revealed Sunday that he is transferring to play for Ryan Day’s program.
Sayin, a Class of 2024 signee, has yet to play college football. Because he enrolled at Alabama, though, he had to enter the NCAA transfer portal to change teams after Nick Saban’s retirement.
“Incredibly excited to join the team here at Ohio State,” Sayin told ESPN’s Pete Thamel about his decision. “I held this program in high regard throughout my entire recruiting process and am looking forward to learning from some of the most talented players and coaches in college football and contributing to our team’s success.”
A standout of Carlsbad (California) High School, Sayin was the No. 1 quarterback prospect of the 2024 recruiting class. He was rated 5-stars and the No. 5 player overall by the 247Sports Composite. He picked up scholarship offers from 25 programs during his initial recruitment.
Sayin to ESPN: “Incredibly excited to join the team here at Ohio State. I held this program in high regard throughout my entire recruiting process and am looking forward to learning from some of the most talented players and coaches in college football and contributing to our…
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) January 21, 2024
Sayin the latest portal pickup for the Buckeyes
Ryan Day has made it clear that the 2023 season was unacceptable, as losing The Game kept the Buckeyes from accomplishing their goals. Day and his staff have responded by doing everything they can to upgrade the roster for 2024.
Signing a 5-star quarterback and wide receiver pair of Air Noland and Jeremiah Smith was a great start in December’s Early Signing Period. Then there was the transfer portal.
While teams such as Texas A&M and Louisville have made headlines with their high-volume portal hauls, Ohio State is taking a quality-over-quantity approach to the portal.
With the addition of Sayin, OSU has now added two of the top Alabama players to enter the NCAA transfer portal following Nick Saban’s retirement. Sayin and Caleb Downs are statement additions.
On top of Sayin and Noland, Day has also added an experienced starting quarterback in Kansas State transfer Will Howard. The three new QBs will certainly be excited to see Quinshon Judkins, an Ole Miss transfer running back who shined in the SEC, join the supporting cast.
Buckeye fans can get a preview of what Sayin brings to Columbus by checking out Hudl highlights from his senior season, below: