When Kerry Coombs rejoined the Ohio State football program there were high expectations he would reload the DB unit, and it didn’t take him long to do so.
Last week three defensive backs committed to play Ohio State football. That shouldn’t come as a big surprise with Kerry Coombs back in the fold.
Before he moved on to the NFL coach Coombs was considered one of the best recruiters in college football and the top cornerbacks coach. If anybody thought he would be rusty on the recruiting trail after spending a couple of years coaching professional players they were sadly mistaken.
This will give you an idea what kind of impact coach Coombs has made in the short time he has been back.
Four star recruit Cameron Martinez was the only commit in the 2020 recruiting class not to put pen to paper during the Early Signing Period. It was reported that it was because defensive backs coach Jeff Hafley was moving on.
The four-star recruit is expected to play on defense and wanted to know who would be coaching him. Martinez knew by National Signing Day, and according to Lettermen Row coach Coombs coming back had a lot to do with his decision to play for Ohio State.
Smith’s high school teammate at La Salle High School Jaylin Johnson (No. 18 Safety) came on board earlier and the four gives the DB coach quite a haul in the 2021 class already. It has been reported coach Coombs has his eyes on other top recruits so there is a good chance another one or two top defensive backs will join the class.
One thing is for certain, Ohio State will have a loaded group of defensive backs in the 2021 class and a guy who can coach them up. Just look at the number of players Kerry Coombs has sent to the NFL as first round draft picks.