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Ryan Day, Billy Davis discuss recruiting as new assistant coaches at Ohio State
One of the biggest questions entering this offseason for Ohio State was how three new assistant coaches — offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson, quarterbacks coach Ryan Day and linebackers coach Billy Davis — would fare on the recruiting trail for the Buckeyes. Davis and Day, specifically, were tasked with replacing two of the better recruiters from last year’s staff in Luke Fickell and Tim Beck, respectively, and each comes to Columbus from the NFL. For Day, it has only been a handful of years since he coached in college and was on the recruiting trail. But that is not the case for Davis.
This is his first rodeo.
“I’ve never done recruiting,” Davis told the media gathered following Ohio State’s spring practice on Tuesday morning. “It’s brand new to me.”
The 25-year NFL coach doesn’t see that as a negative thing, though. In fact, he says it’s the opposite.
“I told Coach (Urban) Meyer ‘that’s a positive,'” he said. “‘You tell me how you want it done, and that’s how you’ll get it done.’ The routine and the way we do recruiting here, I’m a blank slate. He’s making it whatever he wants it to be, so I’m attacking the recruiting stuff like the rest of the staff is.”
Day’s mentality toward recruiting is a touch more relaxed. After all, he’s done this before.
“I was only out of it for a couple of years,” said Day, who spent the last two years in the NFL but was a college assistant for more than a decade before that. “It’s something I grew up doing. It’s a big part of (college coaching). It’s fun.”
So far, so good for the new guys on Meyer’s staff. (You can check out more of the conversations with Davis and Day from today’s media availability here)
Buckeyes offer one of California’s premier prospects
Last week we talked to San Diego St. Augustine DB Isaac Taylor-Stuart, the country’s fourth-ranked cornerback according the 247Sports.com Composite rankings. He told Land of 10 he’d not heard much yet from the Buckeyes, despite being close to Ohio State commitment Jaiden Woodbey.
“I like Ohio State,” Taylor-Stuart said. “It’s a winning program, but I’ve not really heard from them.”
It appears that situation has been rectified. On Monday night, the Buckeyes offered the 6-foot-2, 187-pound junior.
— Isaac Taylor-Stuart (@Kingathlete5) March 21, 2017
The Buckeyes have gotten a little bit of a late start here but there’s plenty of time to get into the mix for Taylor-Stuart. It won’t hurt to have Woodbey involved. The two have excellent rapport and no doubt will be bouncing conversations off one another over the next handful of months.
Come Join The Army family and I might join The Buckeye Family ?? https://t.co/7IownBOoyw
— Isaac Taylor-Stuart (@Kingathlete5) March 21, 2017
Nate Bauer set to see Ohio State … as a defensive back
Ohio State will host one of The Buckeye State’s top 2018 athletes this weekend. Nate Bauer, a 3-star wide receiver/defensive back at Akron’s Archbishop Hoban High School, will head to Columbus this weekend. The Buckeyes are recruiting him as a defensive back.
“I’m going to Ohio State on Saturday,” Bauer told Land of 10 Monday evening. “I’ve been talking to Coach Day. He seems like a really cool coach and I’m looking forward to developing our relationship. They’re recruiting me as a safety.”
Bauer currently has seven scholarship offers, including Boston College and Minnesota. He’s a two-time state champion with the Knights and he’ll be making his first ever non-gameday visit to Ohio State. The 6-1, 185-pound prospect receiver is more than willing to be recruited as a defensive back if that’s what serves his future best.
“It doesn’t matter to me what position (I’m recruited),” he said. “A lot of schools are telling me that I can play safety or corner for them.”
The Buckeyes have one safety currently committed in the aforementioned Woodbey and likely will add one more to the position this recruiting cycle. Bauer is a player that they’d like to see camp this summer to see how he’s developing his game and how he stacks up with some of their other targets.
Top tight end target Jeremy Ruckert set for key visit to Michigan
The race for the commitment of Lindenhurst (N.Y.) TE Jeremy Ruckert may be heating up. For much of the last few months, Ohio State has been the suspected leader in the recruitment of the country’s second-ranked tight end in 2018 but as a decision draws closer (no decision date has been announced), a pair of potential flies in the Buckeyes ointment are getting the chance to muck things up. Two weeks ago, the 6-5, 230-pound Ruckert visited Notre Dame and came away very impressed by the Irish, and this weekend he’ll make a return trip to Ann Arbor and see the University of Michigan for the second time.
I will be visiting Michigan this weekend ?〽️ #GoBlue
— Jeremy Ruckert (@Jeremy_Ruckert1) March 21, 2017
There’s no doubt that Ruckert is Ohio State’s top choice at tight end and that he’s also the primary option for Wolverines and Irish. If you’re a Buckeyes fan, the news is concerning, of course. Notre Dame and Michigan are each well-established in their offensive identities and each school utilizes the tight end far better than Ohio State traditionally has. This weekend will be Ruckert’s first time getting face-to-face with Michigan’s new offensive assistant, Greg Frey, who will be handling tight end duties for the Wolverines.
If the Buckeyes can maintain their lead with Ruckert through this weekend, there’s plenty of reason to be optimistic about an eventual commitment.