COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Ohio State football coach Ryan Day held a news conference Wednesday morning as part of National Signing Day.
Most of the Buckeyes’ 2021 recruits already signed to play at OSU on Dec. 16 as part of early signing day. Some of those players are already on campus in Columbus as early enrollees.
Ohio State started Wednesday’s National Signing Day by signing one of its own to a full assistant coaching position. Parker Fleming, a quality control assistant with Ohio State’s special teams the past two years, has been promoted to the coaching staff role made available when defensive co-coordinator Greg Mattison announced his retirement last month. Fleming will become the special teams coach for OSU, as current assistant Matt Barnes will now become the secondary coach.
Fleming, a former college quarterback at Presbyterian and an Atlanta native, will transition to a new role. “Promoting from within is something I believe strongly in…” OSU head coach Ryan Day said Wednesday morning. “This will allow us the best chance to put our guys in the best position possible.”
Fleming previously worked as a graduate assistant at OSU for the 2012 and 2013 seasons, and then served as a receivers coach at James Madison and, later, the co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Texas State.
Some of the most notable early signees include Pickerington North’s Jack Sawyer, quarterback Kyle McCord, running back TreVeyon Henderson, and wide receiver Emeka Egbuka.
Ohio State’s recruiting class ranks No. 2 in the country behind only Alabama.
While 21 players are already signed, OSU is hoping to snag one more big prospect in four-star linebacker Raesjon Davis from Santa Ana, California.
Davis will make his decision Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. EST.