COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State wide receiver signee Kamryn Babb missed his senior season with an ACL tear in his right knee, but he’ll have plenty to offer the Buckeyes when healthy.
The St. Louis Christian Brothers wide receiver was a 4-star prospect in the Class of 2018, listed as the No. 13 wide receiver and No. 73 overall prospect by the 247Sports composite rankings.
To learn what Babb can bring to Ohio State, Land of 10 caught up with Christian Brothers coach Scott Pingel.
Q: What traits of his stand out on the football field?
Pingel: In addition to his athletic ability, he has the ball skills. He knows how to go after any ball in the air and get it. He knows how to create separation from defenders. He’s just one of those kids that gets it. He has that special quality where he knows how to be in the right place at the right time, and he’s a freakish athlete when the ball’s in the air.
Q: Was it apparent early on that he could become an elite prospect?
Pingel: So as a freshman Kamryn played a little bit of freshman football, a little bit of JV and a little bit of varsity at the end. When the recruiting process began, I remember everybody coming through and saying, “This guy is big time. This guy is special.” We’re a program where you don’t always get to play as a freshman, but he was one of those difference makers that we played early. By the time he went to those summer camps [after his freshman year], it was obvious he belonged with the big boys.
Q: How did you see him progress throughout his high school career?
Pingel: He’s always been really talented, so he got away with being the best athlete. But in addition to being a great athlete, he started paying attention to small details. He learned the nuances of playing wide receiver and took advantage of the small details. That’s what enhanced his athletic ability even more.
Q: How did he handle the knee injury that caused him to miss his senior season?
Pingel: He handled it better than anyone else in that situation could have handled it. It sucked, but he was there for his teammates. He was still a captain, so he was there for the support part of it. But he just went after his rehab. There would be times where I wouldn’t see him for about a week or so but I knew it was because he was going to rehab for two or three hours. He was focusing in on his rehab so he could get ready to play college football for the next four or five years of his life.
Q: Is there a play or performance of his that stands out and shows what type of player he is?
Pingel: I think his last game that he truly played before his junior year injury. He just kind of stood out. He had probably 10 catches, he had 8 rushes, he played great defense. When the games were big, he stepped up big. The other thing that stands out for me personally is that he didn’t start for varsity all season as a freshman, and then he started our state semifinal game. He was a guy that we realized might be a little small, but he had the skill set and knew what he was doing.
Q: What did Ohio State coaches like about him, and what drew him to Ohio State?
Pingel: One, I think they liked his hunger. He knew he was hurt and had a lot to prove and wanted to get back out there. They stayed true to him and kept recruiting him. Kamryn liked everything he heard and felt he belonged there and it felt like a good fit from Day 1. Coach [Urban] Meyer has an uncanny ability to create relationships pretty fast with kids.
Q: How would you describe his personality?
Pingel: He’s fun-loving and a very levelheaded kid. The one thing I’m most proud of – and I’ve told him this many times – is that he’s stayed humble throughout this whole process. He had every chance to have the biggest head out there, but he’s never made it about him. Even on Signing Day, he kind of did it subtly and let [teammate and fellow Ohio State signee] Cameron Brown have his moment.