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Scarlet Sunrise: Kerry Coombs already recruiting hard for Buckeyes

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Ohio State defensive coordinator Kerry Coombs is already recruiting for Ohio State. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Kerry Coombs already recruiting hard for Buckeyes

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Kerry Coombs already recruiting hard for Buckeyes

When Jeff Hafley left Ohio State for the head coaching job at Boston College, questions began to pop up about what would happen with the Buckeyes recruiting. Now that Kerry Coombs is in the fold as the new defensive coordinator, recruiting is picking back up in the defensive backfield.

Coombs was announced by the program Monday, and he was already making calls and getting busy Tuesday. He’ll hit the road Wednesday, where he will pick up right where Hafley left off. Coombs recruiting prowess will be a big piece of the Buckeyes efforts, and Birm has a breakdown of what this all means for Ohio State commitment Cameron Martinez:

The much-anticipated meeting between newly-rehired Ohio State assistant coach Kerry Coombs and 2020 commitment Cameron Martinez should happen on Wednesday. The pair had their first conversation on Tuesday afternoon.

“It went good,” Martinez said. “He was fired up, and I’m his first priority. He wanted to see me as soon as he could, and tomorrow works better. So, it’s looking like he’ll be up Wednesday. I’m excited to meet him. That’s all I can really say.”

The relationship between Martinez and Coombs and how quickly it builds will likely determine whether or not the 4-star athlete from Muskegon (Mich.) takes a real look at any other schools between now and Feb. 5, the next time 2020 athletes can sign a Letter of Intent. Coombs is expected to spend time both at Muskegon High School and at home with Martinez and his family.

How can Coombs make an instant impact on the recruiting trail? Birm breaks it down here.

Buckeyes 2021 season opener moved to Thursday

Ohio State rarely plays on any day other than a Saturday. But in 2021, the Buckeyes will open the season on the road — on a Thursday night. They’ll open at Minnesota on Sept. 2, 2021.

The athletic department announced a change to the 2021 schedule, which will now feature the week-night opener for the Buckeyes, their second since 2017 when they opened on a Thursday night at Indiana. The 2021 opener on a Thursday night will certainly be a challenging wrinkle to the schedule, but it will give the Buckeyes a couple extra days between games before Oregon comes to Columbus for a huge nonconference showdown.

BuckIQ breaks down potential key secondary member

Amir Riep had quite the season.

Learning from first-round cornerbacks who started ahead of him was a big step. But the one-handed interception against Michigan was a great springboard for the Buckeyes secondary member. Now, he’s looking to make a big splash with a new defensive backs coach, hoping to be a key player for next season’s national title run.

What was Riep doing to push for more playing time at the end of last season for Ohio State? How can the veteran cornerback take the next step and become a starter for the Buckeyes? Where can he still improve as a defensive back with new coordinator Kerry Coombs set to take over? Former Ohio State standout cornerback Chimdi Chekwa was back in the Lettermen Row film lab looking at Riep’s work last season and answering those questions in the latest episode of BuckIQ.

Roll the tape!

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Man I hear that. Was really worried when we lost Hafley. But now ? Hurrah.


That’s really funny, a healing ceremony. What a grin.
And a funeral company. How perfect. Just right. Good job there guys.

Spencer Holbrook

Spencer Holbrook covers Ohio State football and basketball for Lettermen Row. A recent graduate of Ohio University's Scripps School of Journalism, he's in his first 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.

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