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Ohio State recruiting: Will possible staff changes impact 2019 class?

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Ohio State linebackers coach Billy Davis has had an inconsistent run with the Buckeyes. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

Recruiting Question of the Day

Ohio State recruiting: Will possible staff changes impact 2019 class?

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Ohio State Recruiting Question of the Day

There are going to be a ton of interesting subplots and stories in the wake of Urban Meyer’s retirement and the subsequent announcement that Ryan Day would become Ohio State’s next head coach. One of them is most certainly who Day retains on his first coaching staff and which current assistants end up on a different sideline next year.

Day was the pick for the Buckeyes because he’s the best choice to keep the program moving in the right direction on the football field and off of it. His recruiting talents are unmatched on Ohio State’s staff, and now we’ll see if his ability to build a staff is upper level as well.

How he builds his coaching staff is going to have a major impact on how his first year-plus goes as a recruiter, too.

Let’s call a spade a spade though, OK? There are going to be coaching changes at Ohio State. Even if Meyer didn’t retire, there needed to be moves made at Ohio State. Alex Grinch, Taver Johnson and Brian Hartline weren’t on the coaching staff a year ago, and there certainly was not this underlying fear of a program being on the brink of disaster. It’s a program that has routinely changed assistant coaches throughout Meyer’s tenure because that’s how the legendary coach always preferred it. He didn’t want stagnant.

Ryan Day won’t either.

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Ohio State coach Ryan Day has decisions ahead of him on his first staff. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

That may cause some discomfort among the players already committed to Ohio State, and that’s understandable. Traditionally, kids haven’t committed to the Buckeyes because of a position coach — they’ve committed because of Meyer. You can empathize, I think, with a young man who suddenly feels uncertain about going to Ohio State since now both Meyer and his position coach potentially may not be around.

But Ohio State is and always will be bigger than one person. There are obvious deficiencies with some coaches on the current roster of assistants, and if Ryan Day wants his career to start the way he needs it to at Ohio State, he’s going to need to make changes.

Before doing that, though, he needs to sit down with the players in question and explain to them why he needs to and how his future hires will give players a better chance to fulfill their potential. If they choose not to believe his message, that’s on them, I suppose. But what’s not changing at Ohio State is far more important for player development than what is.

The post-football life plan developed by Meyer and Ryan Stamper isn’t changing. The incredibly detailed, successful and player-focused strength and health program created and maintained by Mickey Marotti isn’t changing. The well-oiled machine that is the Ohio State behind-the-scenes staff crafted by Meyer, Brian Voltolini and Quinn Tempel isn’t changing. The prolific player personnel department led by Mark Pantoni isn’t changing. The Brand U concept forged by Sammy Silverman and the Ohio State media team isn’t changing.

Losing Meyer is hard to swallow, but so much of what he built will remain in Columbus and it was handed over directly to Day.

If that’s not enough reason for kids that grew up loving and dreaming of Ohio State to remain committed to the future of the progam, I don’t know what could be.

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Birm is Lettermen Row's Director of Recruiting and the site's primary Ohio State sports photographer. A Toledo, Ohio native, Jeremy has been in similar roles for and and has been covering the Buckeyes for seven years.