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February 14, 2013

Five coaches who owned Ohio in 2013

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So you want to recruit the state of Ohio? You and just about every other successful program in the Midwest.

The state of Ohio is always a major battleground state on the recruiting front, especially for teams in the Midwest and the Big Ten Conference. It is no surprise that most Midwest coaching staffs send their best recruiters to Ohio as the state has been routinely producing more than 150 Division I prospects per year.

The class of 2013 saw several assistant coaches do some major damage in Ohio. If you want to break into the state of Ohio, these are the five guys that you will have to go through first moving forward.

The Recruiter The Reason
Harlon Barnett
Michigan State
Secondary Coach
With a great reputation and history in recruiting Ohio, it is no surprise to see Barnett make this list. Barnett was the main recruiter for four-star linebacker Shane Jones and three-star wide receiver Trey Kilgore, both out of the Cincinnati area.

Barnett also gave a major assist in the recruitment of two promising defensive back prospects in Solon's Darian Hicks and Warren Harding's Jalyn Powell. Barnett is simply a regular on lists like these when it comes to recruiting the state of Ohio.
Alex Golesh
Illinois
Tight Ends Coach
While the Illini were going through a transition year adjusting to a new coaching staff with new philosophies, Golesh was going to work in the state of Ohio.

Golesh was responsible for all five of the Ohio prospects that Illinois signed and he hit home runs with four-star athlete Caleb Day, three-star defensive lineman Jarrod Clements, and three-star defensive end Dawuane Smoot.
Vince Marrow
Kentucky
Tight Ends Coach
Marrow is quickly building a reputation as a big-time recruiter in the state of Ohio. In the 2013 class, Marrow pulled Cardinal Mooney products Marcus McWilson and Courtney Love to Nebraska before flipping McWilson to Kentucky after taking a job with the Wildcats.

Once in Lexington, Marrow was the driving force behind the Wildcats landing three-star defensive back Jaleel Hytchye and three-star offensive tackle Kyle Meadows.
Greg Mattison
Michigan
Defensive Coordinator
Widely regarded as one of the nation's top recruiters, Mattison once again lived up to his reputation.

Mattison was a major factor in the Wolverines being able to land four-star prospects Ben Gedeon, Dymonte Thomas, and Ross Douglas and assisted in the recruitments of several other defensive prospects that Michigan pulled out of Ohio.
Mike Vrabel
Ohio State
Defensive Line Coach
In what was really Vrabel's first full cycle, the second-year assistant is quickly getting the hang of this recruiting thing.

Vrabel helped put together a strong defensive line class and landed commitments from in-state prospects Billy Price, Tracy Sprinkle, and Donovan Munger. He also was the driving force behind Gareon Conley flipping from Michigan to the Buckeyes late in the process.




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