The Ohio State football team is need of landing a top running back for the 2021 recruiting class. Corey Kiner needs to be a Buckeye.
The Ohio State football team desperately needs to add to the running back room for the 2021 recruiting cycle. Eleven Warriors reported that Ohio State is expected to try to sign two running backs for the class. Corey Kiner, a four-star back from Roger Bacon High School in Cincinnati needs to be one of them.
It is not often that one of the top running back recruits in the nation is from your own backyard, and when they are, Ohio State needs to take advantage. Especially when the need for a running back recruit is so great. Kiner is ranked as the seventh best back in this class and the No. 104 player overall according to 247Sports.
The 5 foot 10 inch, 210 pound back has been recruited hard by the likes of Ohio State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Louisville, Pitt and Purdue amongst many other schools. The number one thing that Kiner is looking for is a family atmosphere and that seems to play to coach Tony Alford’s strengths as a recruiter. Here is what Kiner told Eleven Warriors last October:
“Coach Alford teaches things outside of football. When life gets hard, you don’t just give up on it. When things aren’t going your way, you can’t just give up on things. Your family has to eat, your bills have to be paid. In football, when you’re not starting there’s probably a reason you’re not starting. It isn’t just favoritism. It’s never that with coach Alford. That’s what I noticed.”
If Ohio State is going to try to get two backs in this class, having a homegrown player such as Kiner would be key. Ryan Day has made an emphasis on recruiting Ohio’s best players and making sure they don’t go elsewhere. And make no doubts about it, If coach Alford strikes out again on trying to get a top running back to commit than he will be on the hot seat.
Kiner would provide the easiest path for Ohio State to ensure that they have a great running back recruit. And if Day and Alford can grab another top ten running back recruit than great, but if not they can rest easy knowing that they locked up the best one in Ohio from leaving the state.