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WR Julian Fleming (Official Thread)

Discussion in 'Buckeye Football' started by MD Buckeye, Feb 7, 2018.

  1. OSUBasketballJunkie

    OSUBasketballJunkie Never Forget 31-0

  2. OSUBasketballJunkie

    OSUBasketballJunkie Never Forget 31-0

  3. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

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  4. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

  5. OSUBasketballJunkie

    OSUBasketballJunkie Never Forget 31-0

    WR Julian Fleming
    The growth seemed to be happening even from the start of the first practice to the end of it for Julian Fleming. And while that might sound like hyperbole or putting too much stock in a small sample size, the top-ranked wide receiver in the country was showing right away last month why there is so much buzz about his potential. Physically, Fleming has every tool needed to become a star. And with wide receivers coach Brian Hartline leading his technical development, it would have been fascinating to track just how far Fleming had come after just 14 practices with the Buckeyes. Plus, as Garrett Wilson proved last year, five-star receivers have a chance to make the highlight reel and generate momentum in a hurry in the spring game.

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  6. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    Jeremy Birmingham: Julian Fleming poised to steal Ohio State show
    Ohio State had a number of young players working to make a splash at the 2020 spring game but none would have shined more than Julian Fleming, the country’s top-ranked 2020 receiver prospect. The Buckeyes would be airing the ball out all over the field trying to get both freshman quarterbacks and Gunnar Hoak comfortable with the offense — and because of the lack of running backs available — and Fleming’s size, speed and physicality would have been the thing to watch against Ohio State’s backup defensive backs, all trying to learn a new system themselves. Fleming would have been the talk of Columbus, like Garrett Wilson was last spring, and set himself up for a major role in the 2020 season.
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  7. OSUBasketballJunkie

    OSUBasketballJunkie Never Forget 31-0

  8. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    For Julian Fleming, Greatest Attribute Is Self-Motivation


    Southern Columbia head coach Jim Roth can tell you the first time he saw Julian Fleming, and it happened long before Fleming ever suited up for him in high school.

    Situated in Catawissa, Pennsylvania, which is a rural community of about 1,500 people located on the banks of the Susquehanna River, Fleming caught Roth’s eye even before junior high.

    Prior to being ESPN’s No. 1 overall recruit in the 2020 recruiting class and a 5-star signee for Ohio State head coach Ryan Day, Fleming was also pretty good way back at the youth level.

    Not realizing he would be doing some advance scouting, that’s where Roth -- who has now won 10 state championships at Southern Columbia -- first saw Fleming stand out. He was head and shoulders above everyone else in the league, hips and ankles too.

    Fleming eventually got to junior high and he continued his tear. Like a Single-A baseball player who hits .380 at each stop, he progressed and thrived at each successive level.

    It was in junior high where Roth began thinking that Fleming could be something special. The only problem was that in his 30 years he had never coached anybody who possessed Fleming’s physical gifts and overall talent, so he had nothing to compare him to in terms of his potential.

    Surprising nobody in the community, Roth put Fleming on the varsity team as a freshman. Soon after, the first college offers began rolling in.

    By the time his four years were done, Fleming finished with 255 receptions for 5,514 yards receiving, scoring 77 touchdowns in his high school career, and was twice named the Gatorade Player of the Year in the state of Pennsylvania.

    “He was a pretty remarkable athlete through his high school career from the time that I started to deal with him at the junior high level until he graduated,” Roth told Buckeye Scoop. “He just matured so much and really handled the whole situation well. He started to get offers after his freshman year.

    “And at that point, I was concerned about how that was going to go, how it would affect him and so forth. And he handled it the right way, instead of getting a big head and thinking that he kind of had it made and doesn't really have to work that hard because he's a division one athlete. And that happens to a lot of kids, especially if they start getting offers early like that.”

    Rather than being satisfied by the early attention, Roth saw it become a motivator. Each new letter from a school gave Fleming a push forward. They were checkpoints rather than finish lines.

    Roth’s message to Fleming from the beginning was that the offers only meant he would have an opportunity at a school. It said nothing about what he would do once he got there. That part would be up to Fleming.

    Now at Ohio State, the former 5-star wide receiver echoed that same sentiment when talking to the media back in February.

    “Well, in high school expectations were high. And obviously my expectations for myself were higher than everybody else's, so it was just continuing to be the best version of myself,” Fleming said.

    “And coming in here now, I'm not rated anything. I'm not any stars. I'm a freshman. I know how to stay looking to earn a position, so it's a completely different thing from high school because those rankings go out the door very quick.”

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  9. RB07OSU

    RB07OSU #7 aka Vick the human joystick Staff Member BP Recruiting Team

    Love that last quote, this kid gets it and is going to earn his way onto the field. Honestly, I see him playing a lot right out of the gate even with a room full of talent freshman WRs.
  10. Taosman

    Taosman Your Cousin In New Mexxico

    His blocking will get him on the field till he improves his routes. Major talent.
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  11. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

  12. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    ScoopNotes: A Positive Character, a Man of Choice, and Speaking From the Heart

    A more recent long conversation came with Jim Roth, who was freshman receiver Julian Fleming's head coach at Southern Columbia High School.

    After talking to any coach, I'll generally ask them if there's anything else they want people to know about their player.

    This is a way for a coach to provide insight that we may not have gotten to in our conversation, plus it can also tell us a lot more about the person the Buckeyes are bringing in because the answer is rarely about football.

    When I asked Roth if there was anything else people should know about Fleming, he paused for a brief second because that's all he needed.

    "I guess the only other thing would be he's a very good person. A caring type of individual. He's very close to his family," he said. "Has close friends on the team and in the community.

    "He is the type of guy over the last couple years of high school after games, home and away, like we would be at an away game and after the game, there are just numerous people, could be anybody, fans, little kids coming up and they wanted autographs and pictures with him. And I've never ever seen him once become even the slightest bit frustrated with reaching out to people who wanted something or needed help or whatever. He's very good in that regard."

    Roth has seen enough from Fleming to feel confident that he is going to be okay on the field at Ohio State.

    His belief is that he'll stay the same way off the field as well.

    "And if he continues to be a big-time college player and maybe has success even at the level beyond that, I just think that that quality to be a compassionate, caring type of person is going to go a long way in helping him be successful," he said.

    "He's pretty much a complete person in that regard. So I think people will realize that when they get around him. That was something that was just a real positive aspect of his character that stood out here the last couple years when you saw him have to deal with a lot of the attention that he got."
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  13. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    “You have to earn your whole way up,” Fleming said. “Nothing’s given to you. I mean you come to college and you think you’re the cream of the crop, the best one. You come to one of the top colleges in the country, you’re going to get put in your place real quick.

    ‘So high school, yeah, sure I was at the top. I came here I’m at the bottom. And it’s just going to be gradually improving and working my way up to hopefully get back to the top.”
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  14. bukIpower

    bukIpower Senior

    Fantastic attitude to have for someone who's clearly one of the best HS wideouts ever. It'd be easy for him to come into school overconfident
  15. HotMic

    HotMic Mr. so-and-so Staff Member BP Recruiting Team

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