It was a wild day for the Ohio State Buckeyes. Kerry Coombs, one of their best recruiters on staff, left his post as assistant defensive coordinator at OSU for a position on Mike Vrabel’s Tennessee Titans staff.
Coombs was one of the main recruiters for Ohio State in numerous places—ranging from Ohio, Texas, and Michigan. Currently, one of his main missions was the recruitment of three-star running back Maurice Washington. Now with Coombs moving on to the NFL, Urban Meyer and company will need to scramble and find a replacement to fill the void.
On the bright side, though, the Buckeyes have a stacked 2018 class, and the potential to make it even more stacked come Sunday.
The Final Four for a WR
Four-star wide receiver Chris Olave (San Marcos, CA / Mission Hills) announced his commitment date for Sunday, Jan. 29 on Twitter.
With him being a California kid, it isn’t a surprise that three Pac-12 schools made the cut for his final four. But, those schools may be on the outside looking in, as the 247sports crystal ball has 12 of the 18 total predictions in favor of Ohio State as the school Olave will select. UCLA has four predictions and are a distant second.
At 6-foot-1 and 170 pounds, Olave has the potential to be a breakout star. He has speed off the line, and can blast past defenders. 247sports ranks him as the 54th best receiving prospect in the 2018 class and the 42nd best prospect in the state of California.
Here’s a highlight clip from Mission Hills star that was uploaded to Hudl.
According to Olave’s profile page on 247sports, the Buckeyes had a visit with the star receiver on Jan. 22; WRs coach Zach Smith and offensive coordinator Ryan Day were the ones to meet with him.
A side note, though: space is becoming a problem for Ohio State. Eight-five scholarships are allowed, and the Buckeyes are walking right on the line of having too many. If Olave—or anyone else—commits, room will have to be made. We’ll keep you posted on how all this will shake out.
A good take
Transitioning to the hardwood, the Buckeyes have been on fire in conference play. Already, Chris Holtmann has the Scarlet and Gray off to an unbeaten 9-0 start in the Big Ten, and 18-4 overall.
At the top of the conference standings (shared with Purdue) and in the hunt for relatively high seed in the NCAA Tournament, the question was asked on Twitter by ESPN recruiting analyst Paul Biancardi on who the Coach of the Year should be. His poll included Villanova’s Jay Wright, Virginia’s Tony Bennett (not the singer), Duke’s Mike Mike Krzyzewski and Purdue’s Matt Painter.
There was no mention of Holtmann, but that didn’t stop a Buckeye signee from commenting. 2018 guard Duane Washington, who signed his letter of intent with OSU back on Nov. 8, made his choice clear: Holtmann is the coach of the year.
Chris Holtmann. End of discussion. https://t.co/Eyl5fXUKBG— Duane “Wiz” Washington Jr. (@TheDuaneWash) January 25, 2018
And it seemed that a decent amount of people agreed with that sentiment, too. Washington is a three-star prospect out of Chatsworth, Calif., and chose the Buckeyes over 29 other schools.
Sometimes, there are good takes on Twitter. This would be one of them.