Kennedale (Texas) five-star linebacker Baron Browning has been committed to Ohio State for a little more than a week now. During that time, there have been rumors swirling around that assistant coaches like defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell and offensive coordinator and tight ends coach Ed Warinner may be leaving the Buckeyes for head coaching positions once the season is finished.
Fickell, in particular, has been rumored to be the top candidate for the job at Cincinnati after former head coach Tommy Tuberville resigned Dec. 4. That said, there has been speculation that Browning may reconsider his decision if Fickell, Browning’s future position coach, were to take the head coaching position in the Queen City.
Richard Barrett, head coach of Kennedale, doesn’t believe that will affect Browning's decision of going to Columbus to play college football, though.
“I don’t think so,” Barrett said when asked if the possibility of OSU assistants going elsewhere would bring any doubts to Browning. “I don’t know what’s being said or what’s being rumored. I don’t know. He decided on Ohio State so I’m just going to assume it’s Ohio State.”
Barrett added that Browning has built connections with Fickell as well as other Buckeye coaches and that he’s not going to OSU because of a particular assistant.
“I wouldn’t say that by any means that Coach Fickell, (quarterbacks coach Tim) Beck or whomever (people) are talking about, if they were to leave – I think he’s had relationships with all of them," Barrett said. "I don’t think he’s going (there) to necessarily play for a coach, he’s going to Ohio State.
"Now having said that, I know (head) Coach (Urban) Meyer is very influential and things like that but he chose Ohio State because he said, ‘I believe that school gives me the best opportunity to achieve some goals, not only on the field but after football as well.’ That’s my assessment, that’s what I think.”