COLUMBUS, Ohio — After an eventful Monday of Buckeye news, Tuesday is starting out strong yet again as Ryan Day is expected to name Michigan linebackers coach Al Washington to his coaching staff in the same position, according to reports by Buckeye Grove and Bucknuts.
According to the report by Dave Biddle of Bucknuts, Washington will be taking over the open linebackers coaching spot left by the departure of Bill Davis and will also serve as Ohio State’s recruiting coordinator.
Washington, a Columbus native, led the linebacker unit for the Wolverines during the 2018 season, a group which consisted of future NFL draft pick Devin Bush.
Despite coaching on the other side of the rivalry this past season, Washington has heavy ties to Ohio State as he grew up in Columbus where he played football at Bishop Watterson High School and his father, Alvin Washington, was a linebacker for the Buckeyes from 1977 to 1980.
Washington has coached alongside Ryan Day before as he was the running backs coach at Boston College when Day was their offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach as the two coached with each other in 2013 and 2014 before Day made the move to the NFL.
At only 34 years old, Washington brings an already impressive 12 years of coaching experience to Ohio State after playing defensive tackle at Boston College from 2002 to 2005. He is regarded as a high-level recruiter and will be a huge boost to the linebacker position at Ohio State.
Washington is not the only member of the Michigan coaching staff who is crossing enemy lines this offseason as Ryan Day named Michigan defensive line coach Greg Mattison as co-defensive coordinator on Monday.
More coaching staff changes/additions are still to be expected from Ryan Day as he fills out his first staff as a head football coach. We will keep you up to date on all those changes here on Buckeye Beat Report as they occur.
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