The Ohio State football team landed a five-star defensive tackle last week. He could be seen as Parker Fleming’s first major recruiting win.
The Ohio State football program had a major week on the recruiting trail, securing commitments from five-star defensive tackle Justin Scott and four-star cornerback Miles Lockhart. But the commitment of Scott looms large over the program, something that builds the confidence of the fan base in one particular Buckeye staff member.
Special teams coordinator Parker Fleming was mentioned by Justin Scott as a pivotal player during his recruitment, and it is something that is definitely noteworthy. Now, Scott is coming to Columbus to be coached by defensive line coach Larry Johnson and Johnson was the lead recruiter during the process, but Scott feels that Fleming played an important role in his recruiting process. So much so that Fleming, along with Scott’s parents and Larry Johnson was pictured on Scott’s commitment picture from Hayes Fawcett.
Fleming has been somewhat of a punching bag on Ryan Day’s staff. A ton of people believe that Ohio State should not have a specified special teams coach who is not a big-time recruiter. And it’s not like Ohio State’s special teams play has been great while he’s been in charge. It has been average at best.
But as the Buckeye point man in the state of Illinois, Fleming deserves a ton of credit for developing a relationship with Scott. He also played a major role in four-star defensive end Marquise Lightfoot’s recruitment, one that had the Buckeyes inches away from having two top-70 national players from the state of Illinois.
It is just really good to see Fleming’s contribution on the recruiting front for the Ohio State football program. Many fans and media members have not been sure exactly what Fleming’s contributions have been in recruiting. Now we have a concrete example to see what Parker Fleming is capable of. Hopefully, the Buckeyes can take advantage of some of the talent that’s popping up in the state of Illinois in upcoming years.