The Ohio State football program has found its Running Backs Coach

The Ohio State football program has decided who is going to take over for Tony Alford.

Oregon running backs coach Carlos Locklyn calls to players Tuesday, April 12, 2022, at practice with
Oregon running backs coach Carlos Locklyn calls to players Tuesday, April 12, 2022, at practice with / Ben Lonergan/The Register-Guard / USA
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The Ohio State football program has had to conduct interviews over the last few weeks for a new running backs coach. That's because Tony Alford decided to betray Ohio State and head to Michigan for the same position. Ryan Day has been running things with the running backs since then.

There have been a few guys who have been favorites at some point, but now it seems Day has made a decision on who he wants to hire. According to ESPN's Pete Thamel, the Buckeyes will be hiring Carlos Locklyn as Alford's replacement. Locklyn comes from Oregon.

Locklyn leaves Oregon after just two full seasons with the Ducks. He also has had stops at Western Kentucky, Memphis, and Florida State. As you can see, Locklyn has experience at a lot of different stops across the country, which means his recruiting reach is wide.

While he has had multiple stops, he has only been the running backs coach at Oregon and Western Kentucky. He doesn't have a wealth of experience coaching backs. What he does have is a wealth of coaching experience though, and that's something Day is looking for.

If you look at what the running back room has right now, it's not like Locklyn has a lot he needs to do in his first season. TreVeyon Henderson and Quinshon Judkins are studs already. All Locklyn needs to do is keep the pipeline flowing with good recruits and teach those guys.

The Ohio State football team is projected to land a four-star running back now. Perhaps he knew what the hire was going to be when he visited campus. Either way, Locklyn will have to prove himself on both the recruiting trail and when it comes to the development of players.

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We won't get to fully evaluate Locklyn until the 2025 season. Buckeye fans should be excited that the coaching staff is whole once again.