When it comes to college football recruiting, 247Sports seemed to be a one-stop-shop for rankings, projections, and everything in between. They are arguably the most well-regarded site for recruiting (and for much more). Anything that they do or say should be taken quite seriously and legitimately. That said, Ohio State Buckeyes wide receivers coach Brian Hartline has been named college football’s National Recruiter of the Year by 247Sports.
Whether it’s his dominance on the recruiting trail or just how his players have performed during his time as an assistant coach in Columbus, the success is obvious. Hartline has put his experience as a player both with the Buckeyes and in the NFL and combined that with continuing to learn and develop as a coach and has turned that into an absolutely magnificent assistant coach on Ryan Day’s staff, one that would be damn near impossible to replace.
In his first full year as the wide receivers coach, Hartline made quite an impression. His players dominated on the field and he kept up with that dominance in recruiting. The Buckeyes landed four top-100 receivers, which is really, really good and nothing short of incredible.
Some schools would be lucky to have the top receiver in the class commit to their school or even the No. 5-ranked wideout. They would be even luckier to have the No. 1- and No. 5-ranked wide receivers do so. Ohio State not only did that, but they have four of the top-16 receivers in the entire class, all thanks in part to Hartline and his recruiting efforts. It’s clear that whatever he’s doing, it’s getting prospects to believe in him and want to become Buckeyes, whether it’s using his playing experience or just his ability to coach and teach throughout everyday practice or in games. It also helps that the scarlet and gray will have Justin Fields at quarterback once again this fall.
Not only did Hartline secure the top group of wideouts in the 2020 class, but he also helped players such as CJ Stroud (No. 2 pro-style quarterback) and Cameron Martinez (No. 15 athlete) commit to Ohio State as well. Add in that Hartline has already gotten received commitments from Marvin Harrison Jr. (No. 9 wide receiver in the class) and Jayden Ballard (No. 11 wide receiver) and even the 2021 class is off to a great start for Hartline. The 33-year-old is truly special and will only improve as he gains more experience.
Back in December, the 33-year-old was named to the AFCA 35 Under 35 Coaches Leadership Institute, which identifies future football coaching leaders. Ohio State has a special one in Hartline, one that will continue to get some of the best wide receivers in the currently every single season.