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Scarlet Sunrise: Kevin Wilson set to get special coaching, family opportunity

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Kevin Wilson has a unique coaching opportunity ahead of him. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Kevin Wilson set to get special coaching, family opportunity

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Kevin Wilson set to get special coaching, family opportunity

From his time at Northwestern and Oklahoma to Indiana and now Ohio State, Kevin Wilson has had plenty of opportunities to coach some of the best offenses in the country — and work with some of the most talented offensive players, too.

Now entering his fifth season as the Ohio State offensive coordinator, Wilson has a new and unique coaching opportunity. Wilson’s son, Toby, announced his intentions to walk on at Ohio State as part of the class of 2021. Toby Wilson, a three-star center who played his high school football at Olentangy High School, made the decision public on Twitter.

“Beyond blessed to announce that I will be furthering my academic and athletic career at THE Ohio State University!” Toby Wilson tweeted. “Thank you to all of my coaches, teammates, and family who have helped me along the way to achieve this!”

Kevin Wilson has coached many talented offensive players. But this is a special and new challenge. He’ll be the offensive coordinator for a team that features his son.

Zach Boren analyzes Buckeyes defensive breakdowns in title game

Ohio State had tough decisions to make when trying to stop the Alabama offense. The Crimson Tide could run with power, take the top off a secondary or throw mid-range passes down the field with ease. And defending all of those options aren’t easy.

The most difficult part of the Alabama offense to defend? Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith, who had 12 catches, three of them for touchdowns, in the first half.

The defensive struggles against the pass weren’t a new development for the Buckeyes, who finished the season ranked No. 122 in the nation against the pass and allowed three of their last five opponents to throw for more than 400 yards. Ohio State is well aware it didn’t come close to its standards in the secondary and never tried to make excuses for those breakdowns, even though they were readily available given the personnel losses, the pandemic challenges and the transition with a new coordinator.

What happened to the Ohio State defense in the title-game loss to Alabama? How can the Buckeyes address the issues that popped up in the secondary last season? Where can defensive coordinator Kerry Coombs adjust heading into the offseason? Former Ohio State captain Zach Boren was back in the film lab taking a closer look at a few problems in the national championship and answering those questions in the latest episode of BuckIQ.

Roll the tape!

Transfer portal chatter, recruiting still heating up for Buckeyes

It’s that time of year: the talk about the transfer portal is heating up, and the Buckeyes are still looking to make some splashes on the recruiting trail. And Talking Stuff: The Ohio State Recruiting Podcast presented by Byers Auto is back for another episode to break it all down.

Lettermen Row’s Jeremy Birmingham and Spencer Holbrook dissect the latest rumors regarding the transfer portal and what some options could be for the Buckeyes moving forward if they wish to look into the portal. The guys also chat about the latest in the recruitment of 2021 top targets J.T. Tuimoloau and Raesjon Davis, as well as 2022 top cornerback target Will Johnson, who could be nearing a decision.

It’s another loaded episode of Talking Stuff: The Ohio State Recruiting Podcast presented by Byers Auto. Be sure not to miss it.

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Spencer Holbrook

Spencer Holbrook covers Ohio State football and basketball for Lettermen Row. A graduate of Ohio University's Scripps School of Journalism, he's in his second year covering the Buckeyes. He was previously the sports editor at Ohio's student newspaper, The Post, where he covered Ohio University football and men's basketball.