Ohio State Recruiting: 2013 Wide Receivers

Written March 6th, 2012 by Joe Laing

Shelton Gibson from Cleveland Heights is Meyer's top remaining receiver target in Ohio.

Receiver was a position that held the Buckeyes back on the field last year. With Posey being out 10 games and the loss of Reed midway through the year, the team struggled tremendously with consistency and production from the position.

As a result, the receiving stats from last season are painful to review.

If the troubles last season weren’t enough motivation, Meyer will also be looking to replenish the position after striking out with Davonte Neal and Stefon Diggs at the end of the 2012 class.

Depending on who wants in, I think the Buckeyes could take anywhere from two to four receivers in the class.

Once again, I like to take a look at what we see in Ohio first.

Overall, this board would look a lot different in the past under Tressel, who would likely have already offered multiple kids in-state.

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Ohio State Hires Zach Smith As Receivers Coach

Written December 22nd, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

Another Christmas present in Columbus, as yesterday’s staffing press release is followed by today’s announcement that Urban Meyer is indeed following a higher purpose.

Current Temple Receivers and Special Teams coach, and former Gators coach Zach Smith has been named the latest member of the Ohio State staff.

Buckeye Returning Home

Smith, a Dublin Coffman graduate, is excited to return home after a year at Marshall prior to heading to Temple for the past season. He was a part of the Marshall program that welcomed the football season in at the ‘Shoe in 2010.

Coach Meyer says about the hire-

Zach Smith has already coached with me for five seasons, and so I know what a quality coach he is. He knows my system inside and out and he teaches the system the way I want it to be taught. He has coached and taught some great players already, like Percy Harvin, Aaron Hernandez and Louis Murphy. Zach has done a terrific job as wide receivers coach at both Marshall and this past year at Temple. I am really looking forward to having the opportunity to work with him again. Ohio State is going to benefit from his coaching and his abilities as a recruiter.

He “gets” the Ohio State tradition, as a Buckeye State native. Oh, and it probably helps that Earle Bruce is his grandfather.  Smith’s comments-

My coming home has added another element to everything that has gone on this week (ed. Jean Bruce passed away last Friday, right before Temple’s bowl game). My Grandma would be very proud of me. I feel honored to come back and work at this university where both she and my Grandfather’s hearts have always been and I grew up loving.

It is really, really a dream come true. I grew up watching Ohio State, my Grandfather coached here and I always dreamt of doing it, too. Plus I have an opportunity to work with Coach Meyer again. I was able to spend five years on his staff at Florida, and now working with him again is another dream come true for me. It’s like two dreams coming true. I’m really excited, and it is wonderful to be back home.

At this point, the offensive staff is as follows:

  • Urban Meyer, Head Coach
  • Tom Herman, Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks
  • Stan Drayton, Runningbacks
  • Zach Smith, Wide Receivers
  • TBD, Tight Ends
  • TBD, Offensive Line
  • TBD Special Teams.

Welcome home, Coach Smith!


Freshmen phenoms Evan Spencer and Devin Smith. The future.

The receivers are one of the least experienced groups on the entire team. The suspension of Devier Posey compounds the issue significantly.

As young and inexperienced as they may be (and let me reiterate, they are), they are also extremely talented- as you would expect from any group at Ohio State.

It may take a few games to work out the kinks, but if the passing attack starts rolling, these players are fully capable of taking over a game.

The good news is that they don’t need to take over games; they only need to take some pressure off the running backs by giving the defense something to worry about.

At this, they should be more than capable, no matter who the quarterback ends up being.

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