Will New Ohio State Head Coach Ryan Day Put More Of An Emphasis On Ohio Kids

Will Ryan Day Emphasize Ohio Kids More In Recruiting? - Buckeye Wire

Will New Ohio State Head Coach Ryan Day Put More Of An Emphasis On Ohio Kids

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Will New Ohio State Head Coach Ryan Day Put More Of An Emphasis On Ohio Kids


Ryan Day has taken the keys to the Buckeye program and will try to recruit at the same level as Urban Meyer. But will there be a greater emphasis on Ohio kids?


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Now that Urban Meyer has announced his retirement, it’s time to start thinking about the future under new head coach Ryan Day.

And if there’s one thing that most fans are wondering, it’s how he can approach the level of recruiting excellence the Buckeyes saw with Meyer running the show. Ohio State has always been a recruiting machine, but under the steering of Meyer, the caliber of athlete was just a notch above what we saw in years prior.

It’s been a more explosive athlete with more speed and quick-twitch ability.

It’s now up to Day to pick up where things left off and continue to blaze the trails that have been forged, lest there be a drop off in the program because of an inability to mine, secure, and develop the lifeblood of any blue blood of the sport.

Recruiting. Y’all.

In today’s college football arms race, you can’t ever abandon Florida, Texas and the rest of the sun belt, but one thing that Ohio State got away from during the Meyer years is an emphasis on Ohio kids.

Even Meyer himself waxed poetic when talking about the need to be more engaged with the talent coming out of the Buckeye state, but when it came down to it, OSU almost always had more kids from out of state than within.

So where will Ryan Day go with recruiting? He said one thing that went a bit unnoticed during his introductory press-conference that could give us a clue about what he’s thinking.

“To the high school coaches in Ohio: We have the best coaches and some of the best high school programs in all of America here at Ohio. And it will continue to be our first priority to recruit Ohio football players. Every young football player in the state of Ohio should dream about one day becoming a Buckeye. And it’s our staff’s responsibility to make sure we recruit them at the highest level.”

I don’t know about you, but that sure sounds like a change in philosophy. Recruiting Ohio has not been a first priority under Meyer, and while you can’t argue with all the four and five-star kids that have come through the tunnel in Columbus, keeping the best kids at home could be a welcome site.

In fact, we have a little evidence to go by already with the announcement by four-star Ohio linebacker Tommy Eichenberg. He pledged his commitment to Ohio State as Ryan Day’s first big win on the recruiting trail.

The argument for keeping the best kids in Ohio revolves around players that grew up as fans of Ohio State — fans that turn into the heart and soul of a program that they understand and would give their all for. Players like A.J. Hawk, Chris Spielman and Chris “Beanie” Wells.

Don’t expect a complete 180 degree turn in what an Ohio State recruit looks like, but don’t be surprised if there’s more of an Ohio feel on the roster in years to come.

That for many, would be a welcome sight.

 

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