Coombs Excited To Work For Meyer

Ohio State's newest assistant coach, Kerry Coombs, was a big fan of Urban Meyer before joining Meyer's coaching staff in early March. Read on to learn more about their relationship, Coombs' thoughts on his cornerbacks and his thoughts on Ohio State's recruiting in Cincinnati.

New Ohio State cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs learned all he needed to know about Urban Meyer in 2004. That's why there was no hesitation when Meyer asked the University of Cincinnati assistant to leave the Bearcats for the Buckeyes.

In fact, Coombs was out of his seat and saying yes before Meyer finished asking Coombs if he'd join the staff.

"This is a dream come true," Coombs said Friday following Ohio State's Pro Day activities at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. "This is the opportunity of a lifetime, and I'm not going to waste a single minute of a single day."

Coombs had first met Meyer when Coombs was the head coach at Cincinnati Colerain and Meyer was the head coach at Bowling Green. Coombs admired how Meyer would recruit at his school without bringing assistants with him, something Coombs said no other coach had done in his 24 years as a high school coach.

But it was in 2004 that Meyer made his best impression. Coombs' oldest son, Brayden, was entering his senior season at Colerain, and Coombs was looking for someone to give his son an evaluation. He turned to Meyer, who was at that time the head coach at Utah.

"He was speaking at a clinic at the University of Cincinnati, and I went to hear him speak," Coombs said. "I had a high school son that was a going to be a senior that was a player. I really couldn't evaluate him fairly because he was my own kid, and you're not impartial about your own kid. So I asked Coach Meyer, who I knew wasn't going to recruit him because he was at Utah, if he would give me an evaluation of him.

"Now I didn't know what I was asking him back then. Now I know. That's a big pain in the butt for a guy. ... Three days later I got a full, written evaluation of my son from the staff at the University of Utah. It told me everything I needed to know about Urban Meyer."

The amount of detail on Meyer's evaluation of Brayden told Coombs that Meyer was going to be a successful collegiate coach. It also showed Coombs what a good evaluator of talent Meyer was even before he became one of the most well-known collegiate coaches in the country.

"It told me exactly what level of play (Brayden) could play at, and it turned out to be extremely accurate. It said he was a WAC/MAC-level player," Coombs recalled.

Brayden Coombs, a wide receiver, played at Miami (Ohio) and caught 44 passes for 439 yards from 2005-09. He is currently on staff with the Cincinnati Bengals.

As for the elder Coombs, he is eager to get to work with his new players. He said going into the cornerbacks' meeting room every day is "like Christmas."

"These guys can play, but we're going to get better. I can promise you that," he said. "We're going to get better every day. They're working hard. They're spending extra time already. They're coming in, they're watching film on their own, they're studying their craft. They know they have an opportunity to be really, really good, and they want to be. So I'm going to do everything I can to help them."

Coombs should also help Ohio State's recruiting efforts in Cincinnati. Coombs is a Southwest Ohio mainstay. He graduated from Colerain, helped the University of Dayton football team win the NCAA Division III national championship in 1980, graduated from UD in 1983, earned his master's degree in 1986 at Wright State in suburban Dayton and spent 16 years as the head coach at his high school alma mater before his most recent five-year stint at UC.

He is eager to turn Cincinnati into Buckeye country.

"I can promise you it won't be a weakness," Coombs said of the perceived notion that Ohio State cannot recruit successfully in the Queen City. "If there is a kid in Cincinnati that is the caliber of player that can play for Ohio State to help us win a national championship, he's going to be recruited relentlessly. And he will be a Buckeye.

"We are going to win in Cincinnati. We're going to win the state of Ohio. Then we're going to reach out nationwide and the best players in the country are going to come here to play."

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