UPDATED: Ohio State Selects Drayton

Written January 26th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

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We talked about this a bit earlier, but it sounds as if the next wide receivers coach at The Ohio State University will be former Tennessee and current Florida running backs coach Stan Drayton, according to the Cleveland Post Dispatch’s Doug Lesmerises.

While initially brought to us by an insider at Buckeye Planet named “Shakerbuck“, this news was all but confirmed on GatorBait.net (affiliated with Rivals.com) in an interview with Buckeye target and current Gator verbal Ja’Juan Story. Story said that it was shared with him over this past weekend’s recruiting visit to Columbus.

It is expected that this announcement may not be made official until after February 2nd in order to honor Drayton’s commitment to the recruiting process at his current institution, as coach Will Muschamp seeks to finalize the first class of his tenure. Of course a Tressel hire would be one to keep his word and finish with integrity.

Drayton is a Cleveland area native, and is rumored to be returning home in part to be closer to family. Widely recognized as a top assistant and a dynamo in recruiting circles, it will be interesting if this decision has any impact on the decisions of Story and Virginia Linebacker Curtis Grant, also a Gator target.

At any rate, and at any date, we’re excited to welcome coach Drayton to the staff and to the Ohio State family

UPDATE: It’s official! Interesting that the gig would start the day before National Signing Day-

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Stan Drayton, one of the top offensive skill coaches in the nation, is joining the Ohio State football staff as an assistant coach working with the Buckeye wide receivers, Coach Jim Tressel announced today. Drayton will start his duties Feb. 1.”Stan Drayton first and foremost is a fine person and family man. He is a Buckeye born and bred, and will add a tremendous dimension to our football family,” Tressel said. “We are fortunate to gain one of the finest coaches in America to serve our kids, school and community.”

Drayton comes to Ohio State from Florida, where he served as the Gators’ running backs coach and recruiting coordinator during the 2010 season; he also served as Florida’s running backs coach from 2005-07, and held the same position at SEC schools Tennessee (2008) and Mississippi State (2004).

With coaching experience and success at every level, Drayton’s resume includes stints as an assistant coach at Syracuse (2009), Bowling Green (2000), Villanova (1996-2000), Penn (1995), Eastern Michigan (1994) and Allegheny (1993). From 2001-03, he served as the offensive quality control and assistant special teams coach for the Green Bay Packers, helping them to three NFC playoff appearances. He is a past nominee for the AFCA Assistant Coach of the Year award, and was recognized by Rivals as one of the nation’s top 25 recruiters.

Three times a first-team All-America selection as a running back at Allegheny (Pa.) College, Drayton is Allegheny’s all-time leading rusher and scorer and was a part of the 1990 Division III national championship team. He still holds the Division III single-season record for touchdowns scored per game (3.2). Drayton was a two-time All-American in track as well, competing in the 100 and 200 meter dashes. A 1993 graduate with a bachelor’s degree in English, Drayton was inducted into the Allegheny College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005.

A Cleveland native who is a graduate of John Marshall High School, Drayton and his wife Monique have two daughters, Amari and Anaya.


  1. EricNo Gravatar
    January 26th, 2011 at 12:22 am

    Welcome to the Buckeye Family, Coach Drayton! We’re sure glad to have you!


  2. BlockOBuckNo Gravatar
    January 26th, 2011 at 2:05 am

    Welcome aboard Mr. Drayton. Happy to have you aboard!!!


  3. veronicaNo Gravatar
    January 26th, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    Why would Story, a receiver care where a running backs coach goes? He didn’t recruit him either…Drayton might go home BUT I don’t think Story will go with him. Drayton is a top recruiter BUT he was never a top coach. Glad he may be a Buckeye but ur story has holes.


    JimNo Gravatar
    January 26th, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    He is a RB coach that is coming to Ohio State to be the WR coach.

    Drayton is coming to Ohio State to take his coaching career to the next level. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him in a head coaching position within five years… exactly like his predecessor Darrell Hazell.


    MaliBuckeyeNo Gravatar
    January 27th, 2011 at 12:18 am

    Good point, which is why the actual verbiage of the article was speculative, indicating puzzlement and wonder-

    it will be interesting if this decision has any impact on the decisions of Story and Virginia Linebacker Curtis Grant, also a Gator target.

    Of the two, I’d be surprised if Story ends up in Columbus, and I’m not convinced that Grant will either.


  4. Lurking_MichaelNo Gravatar
    January 27th, 2011 at 8:10 am

    The plot thickens:



    ErictBBCNo Gravatar
    January 27th, 2011 at 9:01 am

    I think this is a matter of confusion by the Florida spokesperson. They state specifically “our staff remains intact at this time.” Drayton is not expected to be announced officially until February 2nd. I think things haven’t been communicated around the Florida athletic staff yet.


    JimNo Gravatar
    January 27th, 2011 at 9:17 am

    Agreed, the news was broken by Ja’Juan Story saying that Drayton will be at Ohio State. Drayton himself was keeping it under wraps out of respect for his former employer and in order to fulfill his duties as Florida’s recruiting coordinator though NLOID.


    Lurking_MichaelNo Gravatar
    January 27th, 2011 at 9:36 am

    I agree that Story broke the…err…story, and this is probably UF playing defense to protect against decommits. Still, I found it interesting.


  5. JimNo Gravatar
    January 27th, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Ohio State made it official this morning… Drayton will start on Monday.


  6. Lurking_MichaelNo Gravatar
    January 27th, 2011 at 10:53 am



  7. MiguelissimoNo Gravatar
    January 29th, 2011 at 5:57 am

    Drayton helps the program but doesn’t get us Story. As it should be. One doesnt hire a coach because you think he will bring one particular recruit.

    Think Grant’s a Buckeye and Story a Gator.


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