The 2020 ESPN 300 player rankings have been updated, and there's plenty of movement, starting right at the top with a new No. 1 prospect.
It's rare to see a wide receiver ranked No. 1 overall as the talent pool at that position is much deeper. However, Fleming comes from a different mold. He is a big, explosive target who blends a dangerous combination of size and athleticism. He's a matchup nightmare for smaller corners and will win the speed matchup against safeties and linebackers. Beyond his measurables and playmaking ability, Fleming also has demonstrated impact tools without the ball in his hands as a blocker and team leader.
"For a while, I thought I was going to Penn State, then for a while I thought I was going to Clemson, and then I just finally settled down and figured it out," Fleming said. "It was just the at-home feeling and their players. [Ohio State] puts their players first and all my visits there, I had countless hours with all the players, so I really got the college vibe right away."
The highest-rated ESPN 300 wide receivers to date are Percy Harvin in 2006 and Julio Jones in 2008, both finishing at No. 2 overall. Whether Fleming, the state's receiving record holder, can hold onto the top spot and be the first WR to finish as the No. 1 prospect remains to be seen, but at this stage the Ohio State verbal has shown he deserves of that ranking.
Possible destinations for uncommitted five-stars
Including Fleming, there are 17 five-star prospects in the new ESPN 300, nine of whom have announced a commitment. Clemson leads the way with three commitments from five-stars, while Ohio State has two. Alabama, Georgia, Stanford and Washington each have one.