Sermon will have immediate eligibility as a graduate transfer with one year of eligibility remaining.
He announced his intentions to transfer from Oklahoma on March 14 and will join an Ohio State roster that needed running back help. After J.K. Dobbins declared for the NFL draft, the Buckeyes were already in need of more depth, but that need was exacerbated when Master Teague suffered an Achilles injury in the spring, leaving a big hole on the roster at the position.
"I just believe it's the best situation for me," Sermon told Letterman Row. "I know that I have the opportunity to play there considering the depth, and I had a relationship with [running backs coach Tony] Alford during my recruiting process coming out of high school. He was a great guy then, and I just feel like I connected well with him. I know I'm going to have to go in and compete for the job, but I feel like it's the best situation for me to go into now."
Marcus Crowley had already sustained an injury last fall, and though he is expected to be healthy for the season, he is not yet 100%. The only other option at running back before Sermon's transfer was Steele Chambers, who had 19 carries for 135 yards in the 2019 season.
Sermon rushed for 744 yards and five touchdowns in his first season with Oklahoma, followed by 947 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2018 and 385 yards and four touchdowns in 2019. A leg injury sustained during the Iowa State game in November ended Sermon's season after only eight games.
His carries had dipped before the injury, with Kennedy Brooks taking the main load at running back and rushing for 1,011 yards and six touchdowns.