Ohio State University has the potential to become the next big employer in the recruiting game.
The Buckeyes, who play at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, are the most highly touted recruit in the country.
And the team’s latest recruiting drive has the school behind the times with its hiring of one of the top recruiters in the nation.
“We’ve been recruiting a lot of good talent over the last few years and Ohio State is definitely at the forefront of it,” Ohio State Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Kevin Anderson said.
“It’s been a big priority for us.”
The Buckeyes are making the most of the national attention by hiring an assistant coach to run recruiting in the Big Ten.
Buckeye assistant coach John Fitch will coach recruiting for the program.
He will oversee the Buckeyes’ recruiting efforts at the school and across the country and is one of five recruiting coordinators in the league.
Fitch will also work with the team on the field, focusing on all areas of recruiting, from player development and the college game to academics and the student-athlete experience.
He is a first-time assistant coach at Ohio State and will have his first season at the helm of the Buckeye recruiting program.
“I’m very excited to be joining this group,” Fitch said.
Ohio State has a rich history of producing recruiting success.
Ohio State, ranked No. 1 in the latest USA TODAY Coaches Poll, has produced the most players at each position in the past four years.
That is not to say that the Buckeys have given up on the prospect of landing top talent.
The program has signed a handful of top prospects, including defensive tackle Deon Cain and wide receiver Deandre Hopkins, to scholarships.