“As for evaluating the move, it’s still a bit early to know for sure exactly how successful this move will be. Hartline has all the qualifications anybody could need for this role, but he hasn’t been a full-time coach or a recruiter yet.”
With the recent firing of former Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith, the questions are already coming as to who will replace the assistant coach. The most popular answer for the time being seems to be Brian Hartline.
Hartline, a former Buckeye himself just a few years ago, spent some time in the NFL before joining Urban Meyer’s staff in Columbus as a quality control assistant. Now he’s the interim wide receivers coach with the departure of Smith. But does Hartline have what it takes to take on the position?
That’s a question that will surely come again and again until an official announcement or decision is made, but Hartline seems to have the tools to be successful. After all, he was a successful receiver at Ohio State and in the NFL with the Miami Dolphins and later on the Cleveland Browns.
“[Top 50 Ohio State football players for 2018] No. 1: Nick Bosa”
The folks over at Cleveland.com are breaking down their top 50 Ohio State football players for the upcoming season and the list finished off with defensive end Nick Bosa.
Bosa made the list at No. 1 overall, which is a large step up for him from last season, where he was ranked No. 30 overall. It makes sense for Bosa to be this high, and although he isn’t playing quarterback for the team, he might be its most important playmaker in the end. The younger brother of Joey Bosa has already pretty much lived up to the hype and he’ll look to continue to build upon that in 2018.
Last season Bosa accounted for (and led) the Buckeyes in sacks and tackles for loss. While he hasn’t yet had an explosive season like his brother, Nick has still made opposing teams spend a lot of their focus on him, opening up chances for others with his disruption.
“The recruiting approach really hasn’t changed for the Buckeyes, even as far back as Barrett. Yes, they want quarterbacks that can run when needed, but the idea has always been to find a dude who is pass-first and will run when the situation calls for it.”
There seems to have been a recent shift in how Ohio State and Urban Meyer are recruiting their quarterbacks. Not necessarily in the process, but more about what kind of quarterbacks they’ve recruited. In the first couple of years under Meyer, the top prospects they landed at quarterback were Stephen Collier, Joe Burrow, and Dwayne Haskins. Two of those were considered dual-threat quarterbacks and they’ve recruited one since then - Tate Martell. But Haskins and the quarterbacks after him (sans Martell) have all been pro-style quarterbacks.
Which is noteworthy, considering such a shift. But the truth of the matter is Meyer and his staff are just looking for the right players that can make plays to move the offense in an efficient manner. For them it might not be so much about dual-threat vs. pro-style. It’s who can throw the ball well and make plays on their feet when needed. You can read more about that in the article linked above.