Whit Babcock tweeted this out earlier today and I found it extremely interesting. It’s a breakout of what areas of the talent-rich state of Ohio Tommy Tuberville delegates to his coaches:
Tuberville, not surprisingly, has tasked all of his coaches to recruit the area in and around the I-275 loop. But as they move further away from home the regions of the state get divided up to his coaches based on counties. Something that I found interesting was how Tuberville delegated the area around Cleveland to his best recruiter Robert Prunty. It’s a wise, aggressive move to create inroads in a region where Ohio State, Penn State, and other Big Ten schools tend to dominate.
The area between Columbus and Cleveland on I-71, which incorporates the Akron and Canton areas, falls under the responsibility of Steven Clinkscale. UC’s newest coach is a Youngstown, Ohio native and coached at his high school Alma Mater for many years. So Clinkscale knows the area well and his history here probably made the decision easy on Tuberville. Overall the distribution of the workload within Ohio makes sense. If Tuberville wants to expand UC’s reach within the state having Prunty and Clinkscale oversee Northeast Ohio is his best bet at opening doors there.
I would also be curious to see how Hiller and Helton do on the Eastern part of the state. The latter is tasked with infiltrating the region around Dayton, Ohio. Common sense suggests that Cincinnati’s close proximity to this area would mean the program would have strong relationships with high schools here. That’s not the case. Ohio State and other Big Ten schools basically own this region but UC needs to make it a priority to create inroads here. It’s even worse around Toledo where Hiller has been designated to recruit. Michigan and Michigan State do very well here but the Bearcats barely draw any attention. Clinkscale, a former coach at the University of Toledo, is also assigned to the area around that city. So it will be on Cincinnati’s offensive line coach and Clinkscale to get the UC name out there in Northwest Ohio.