It was a quick go-around for Ohio State and wide receiver Caleb Burton as the redshirt freshman from Austin (Texas) has ended his Ohio State career and opted to jump into the transfer portal as first reported by Matt Zenitz of On3.com.
The 5-foot-11, 170-pounder was a highly-rated four star recruit coming out of high school and part of Ohio State’s Texas haul in the class of 2022.
Burton did not see any action for the Buckeyes during this past season and will be eligible for a redshirt year. Burton lost his black stripe during Ohio State’s bowl preps, signifying his official/unofficial joining of the team.
The Austin (Texas) product found himself in a deep room this spring and with players like Carnell Tate emerging, it was a sheer numbers game and the numbers were not on Burton’s side.
Ohio State’s receiver class of 2022 was filled with four-stars, but nobody was able to break through the depth chart for the 2022 season with players like Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Marvin Harrison Jr, Emeka Egbuka and Julian Fleming all part of the depth chart ahead of him. Even the loss of JSN didn’t clear a path for any of the four receivers to see any meaningful minutes over the course of the season.
Burton was close with former Ohio State quarterback Quinn Ewers and when Ewers departed for Texas via the transfer portal, many wondered if Burton’s days were numbers at Ohio State or not.
Add to the upcoming logjam the class of receivers that Ohio State signed for 2023 and there will be more players looking for limited minutes, even with the already announced departure of Smith-Njigba for the NFL Draft.
Ohio State will be breaking in a new quarterback for 2023 with the almost assured departure of C.J. Stroud, so it will either be Kyle McCord, Devin Brown or Lincoln Kienholz throwing to the Ohio State receivers. That will not be an issue for Burton as he has already started the process to play somewhere else in 2023.