Ohio State fans knew Greg Schiano could put together a fierce defense, and he’s done that in each of his first two seasons.
But Schiano, who coach Urban Meyer hired as his defensive coordinator in 2016, can also recruit. He played a role in the Buckeyes landing seven prospects for what became the nation’s second-ranked recruiting class for 2018.
And his work on the recruiting trail hasn’t gone unnoticed. On Monday, 247Sports’ named Schiano its 2017 Big Ten Recruiter of the Year.
— 247Sports (@247Sports) February 12, 2018
Schiano had to beat out a lot of his colleagues for the award, as five Ohio State assistant coaches and Penn State’s Brent Pry rounded out the top six Big Ten recruiters this past year. Schiano did so by securing commitments from prospects in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Oklahoma and Florida.
He also helped land some of the nation’s top talent. He was the primary recruiter for 5-star Nicholas Petit-Frere, the nation’s No. 1 offensive tackle who committed to the Buckeyes on National Signing Day. Among Schiano’s other gets were No. 1 center Matthew Jones and No. 2 tight end Jeremy Ruckert.
With Schiano’s assistance, Ohio State finished behind only Georgia in the 2018 recruiting composite team rankings. The Buckeyes secured three 5-star prospects and a nation-best 20 4-star recruits.
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