COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State’s class of 2017 currently holds an overwhelming lead in the 247Sports composite team rankings. The class is loaded with superstars, but none ranks higher than Miamisburg, Ohio, offensive tackle Josh Myers, who is listed as the No. 10 overall prospect nationally.
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Myers will also be No. 1 on a new list, as we debut a series in which we speak to the high school coaches of Ohio State’s class of 2017 commitments to learn more about them as their senior seasons unfold. Miamisburg coach Steve Channell has coached Myers throughout his high school career and offered his thoughts on the 5-star offensive lineman in this Q&A.
Q: What is his biggest asset on the field?
Channell: “I think something people overlook or aren’t as aware of is his mental makeup as an athlete. Josh has got a mean streak to him when he’s on the field, so he can be very aggressive and very competitive. The second part of that mentality is the expectations he has on himself to perform well, whether it be on the field or in the weight room or in the classroom. He has a certain level of expectation that he has for himself.
“Also, his feet and his mobility separate himself when it comes to the larger linemen.”
Q: When you first saw him, what was your first impression?
Channell: “My first year here he was an eighth-grader, so I became familiar with him at that time. When I watched him play I thought he had a lot of work to do to improve because he was just a big kid that was bigger than everybody else. You hate to say an eighth-grader doesn’t have technique, but he was just a big kid who used his size on people.
“Going into his freshman year I decided to see what he would look like on the varsity. He was already around 6-foot-5, 275 at that time, and once he put the pads on and started competing with older kids it became very clear he was developing quickly.”
Q: He could have gone anywhere but committed to Ohio State early in the process. Was he someone who always wanted to end up as a Buckeye?
Channell: “I don’t think he’s one of those kids that grew up dreaming about a certain place that was his ultimate school. Naturally being from Ohio he was attracted to Ohio State, but his family has strong Kentucky roots and then the recruiting process started and Notre Dame, Alabama, Tennessee and Florida came into play.
“As he started making trips and visited Ohio State on several occasions, he just felt a comfort with coach (Urban) Meyer and coach (Ed) Warinner and now coach (Greg) Studrawa. I think he just came to the realization that he couldn’t see himself not going to Ohio State. He would have had to pick someone else that topped Ohio State, and I don’t think he thought that would ever happen.”
Q: In his career, is there a play or performance that stands out to you?
Channell: “At the conclusion of his freshman year I put together his highlight film, and as I was putting it together I started to realize there were going to be a lot of people interested in him. There were a couple film clips of him running out in space on a play-action pass where he’s leading out the quarterback or running back around a corner and it really shows how well he runs. He’s always had the physical part as far as blocking people, but I think there’s a couple of clips of him out in space and changing direction that show what an athlete he is.
“Over the last three years there’s been many film clips of him manhandling or steamrolling people, but that’s an average Friday night for him.”
Q: How would you describe his personality?
Channell: “Very low-key, very humble. He has a receptive and pleasant demeanor. He treats all people the same way and is inviting. He interacts with all people equally no matter where they are in the hierarchy of the school pecking order. He’s just as willing to talk to a lonely freshman eating alone at a table as he is with the cool kids, so to speak. He’s good with everybody.”