"It's kind of crazy to look back and believe that the place where I scored my first touchdown is where I'm going to be spending my final year of college football," Sermon told Lettermen Row's Austin Ward. "I'm excited for this opportunity, I'm excited to just be with the team, and I'm excited to connect with the guys."
Sermon entered the transfer portal eight days before deciding on his destination.
The Marietta, Georgia native rushed for 947 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2018 while sharing the backfield with Kennedy Brooks. He ran for 345 yards and four touchdowns in 2019 before suffering a season-ending knee injury in November.
"I just believe it's the best situation for me," he said of his move. "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."
Ohio State will feature a new running back in 2020 following the departure of J.K. Dobbins, who entered the NFL draft.
As a graduate transfer, Sermon will be eligible to play immediately.