Ohio State Football: Ranking the Buckeyes' Most Important Assistant Coaches
Urban Meyer has consistently stressed the importance of a strong coaching staff throughout his career.
Upon accepting his new job at OSU, he made sure that the Athletic Department would make an attempt to surround him with top-tier assistants by raising the pay of his staff.
One of the Ohio native's first assignments as the head honcho in Columbus was to assemble a staff and to be honest, Meyer did a fine job in a short amount of time.
This coaching staff has plenty of Ohio natives but also a few guys from different areas of the country, which is perfect for recruiting.
Also, each coach has impressive track record and seems very passionate about Ohio State football and their new job.
It's not easy to rank these fine football instructors but luckily for you, I already got you covered.
9. FB/TE Coach: Tim Hinton
Before joining Meyer's staff, Hinton was an assistant coach at Notre Dame.
As the fullbacks and tight ends coach, Hinton entered the job with two positions where the Buckeyes are already set.
Right now, Hinton's big impact is being made on the recruiting trail.
The assistant is a former high school football head coach in Ohio, so he knows his way around the Buckeye state and is probably recruiting a hometown recruit as you read this.
8. Cornerbacks Coach: Kerry Coombs
Coombs brings a ton of fire to this coaching staff and exudes enthusiasm throughout practice.
The Ohio native was formerly employed by Cincinnati before coming to OSU.
Before his stint with the Bearcats, Coombs was an extremely successful high school coach in Cincinnati.
The Buckeyes are pretty set corner this year with the return of Roby and Howard but like Hinton, Coombs importance right now exists in his ability to recruit hometown prospects.
7. Running Backs Coach: Stan Drayton
Stan Drayton is one of the most well-known running back coaches in the nation and his track record speaks for itself.
The RB coach was once an assistant for Meyer at Florida and coached under Luke Fickell this past season at Ohio State.
Like the past two coaches on this piece, Drayton inherited a pretty decent group of players at his position but Drayton offers the ability to recruit in different areas.
He's a highly regarded recruiter with tons of connections across the country. His impressive track record is handy when recruiting running backs.
6. Defensive Line Coach: Mike Vrabel
Although Vrabel probably inherited the best unit out of any assistant coach, his recruiting ability can't be overlooked.
Earlier this month, Meyer declared, "If he's (Vrabel) not the best, he's one of the best recruiters I have on staff."
That's extremely high praise for a coach who wasn't immediately retained when Meyer arrived in Columbus.
Right now, Vrabel is the Buckeye's stud recruiter and the only thing keeping him from ranking higher on this list is the fact that the returning defensive line is already set to dominate.
5. Wide Receivers Coach: Zach Smith
Zach Smith may have inherited the worst performing unit from last season.
The young coach was a graduate assistant at Florida under Urban Meyer and brings a sense of youthfulness and enthusiasm to the offensive coaching staff.
As a younger coach, Smith will be very useful on the recruiting trail and considering his grandfather is former OSU head coach, Earle Bruce, he knows a thing or two about this program's prestige and history.
Now, Smith has his work cut out for him on the practice field.
He must prepare his wideouts to perform in this new offense and he must lead them to a far more productive season if the Buckeyes want to see a great deal of success.
4. Co-Defensive Coordinator/Safeties Coach: Everett Withers
While stepping into a sizable role as co-defensive coordinator, he inherits a pretty solid defense and has the benefit of working with Luke Fickell.
Before working at Ohio State, Withers was the defensive coordinator and interim head coach at UNC where he did an exceptional job.
Withers will also coach the safeties at OSU.
As a recruiter, Withers is relentless and has already given the Buckeyes a new pipeline state in North Carolina.
3. Co-Offensive Coordinator/QB Coach: Tom Herman
As a position coach, Herman is extremely blessed to be able to coach Braxton Miller who has unlimited potential and is apparently a very receptive learner.
As long as he continues to develop Miller and fine tune his skills, the Buckeyes should be set at QB.
However, Herman must also introduce Meyer's offensive system to the entire offense alongside Ed Warriner. This is a much taller task that must be performed with precision if the Buckeyes plan on winning more than six games in 2012.
Also, Herman's impact on the recruiting trail is already being made: he has given the Buckeyes access to elite recruits in the Texas area, where he recently worked.
2. Co-Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach: Luke Fickell
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After what Fickell went through in 2011, any responsibility on the former nose guard's shoulders has to feel light.
That being said, Fickell still manages a great deal of aspects of this program, especially on the defensive side of the ball.
He's basically the head coach of the defense and is the main link from current players to the new head coach, Urban Meyer.
Also, Fickell's experience in the state of Ohio is invaluable for recruiting purposes and the former head coach has always been a steadfast recruiter.
1. Co-Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach: Ed Warriner
With the departure of three O-line starters and the current suspension of another returning starter, Ed Warinner is earning his paycheck in Columbus.
The former Notre Dame assistant is preparing a former tight end and a true freshman to start at each tackle position for crying out loud.
If Warinner is able to field a pretty solid offensive front in 2012, he was worth all the money he was paid and then some.
Not to mention, Warinner must also aid Herman in introducing an entirely new offense to the Buckeyes before their first game against Miami (OH).