Ohio State has reportedly added a new hire to help train high school.
Cincinnati cornerback coach Perry Eliano has accepted a position with the Buckeyes to help bolster the back of a defense that ranked 96th nationally against the pass in 2021, according to multiple reports.
Sources: Perry Eliano has accepted the Ohio State safety coach job. He is the corner coach for Cincinnati, where he taught Thorpe winner Coby Bryant and First Team All-American Sauce Gardner. He is the former DC of Bowling Green and has worked in New Mexico and at UTSA.
– Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) January 13, 2022
Cincinnati cornerback coach Perry Eliano has taken over as safety coach at Ohio State, sources say @TheAthleticCFB.
Eliano was instrumental in developing a consensus between All-American cornerback Sauce Gardner and award-winning Jim Thorpe cornerback Coby Bryant.
– Justin Williams (@Williams_Justin) January 13, 2022
Eliano helped develop All-American cornerback Sauce Gardner in Cincinnati last season, and the Bearcats had the second-best passing defense in the country averaging 169.2 passing yards per game.
The move comes the day after the defensive coordinator in Memphis after the Rose Bowl was accepted by defensive game appellant Matt Barnes. Barnes previously served as a safety coach with the Buckeyes in 2020 before winning the title of high school coach (and possibly starter in defensive play) in 2021.
But with the hiring of new Ohio State Defensive Coordinator Jim Knowles in December, Eliano’s addition to the defensive staff suggests there could be more change to come on Buckeye’s staff. . Ohio State is now over the 10 assistant coach limit, and Lettermen Row’s Austin Ward reports that the Buckeyes are also chasing Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback coach Tim Walton to coach in high school, while l Former defensive coordinator Kerry Coombs and linebacker coach Al Washington both appear. be going out.
The state of Ohio has yet to confirm Eliano’s hiring or any additional departures of staff.
Eliano coached cornerbacks in Cincinnati for two seasons after spending three years in New Mexico as special teams coordinator, cornerback coach and ultimately interim head coach in 2019. Eliano also coached at Bowling Green, UTSA, Central Arkansas and Sam Houston for 19 years. coaching career.
Hailing from Killeen, TX, Eliano served as a defensive back for Stephen F. Austin from 1996 to 1999 and was a program graduate assistant in 2001 and 2002.
Earlier this week, Ohio State officially announced the hiring of a new offensive line coach and offensive associate head coach Justin Frye, who came on board after the Buckeyes went their separate ways. by Greg Studrawa. Frye’s was the second new coaching hire for Ohio State before Eliano since the end of the 2021 regular season.