Zach Smith was fired by the Buckeyes after he was ordered to stay 500 feet away from his ex-wife by a judge. This came after Smith failed to comply with a criminal trespassing charge where he was supposed to meet his ex-wife in a public place.
This wasn’t the first incident for the former Ohio State wide receiver coach. Smith was charged with felony assault back in 2009 and had a number of other incidents which led to a divorce. The other instances in the past were also brought into consideration when Meyer decided to go ahead and fire Smith.
How will this Impact the Receivers in the 2019 Class?
The biggest worry is that it may deter 5-star wide receiver Garrett Wilson from staying with Ohio State. Wilson made his verbal commitment to Ohio State on April 29th. Wilson recently took to Twitter to express that he would not be going back on his commitment.
This is good news for Ohio State, but the question still looms; will this affect Ohio State on the recruiting trail? Smith was not only the wide receiver coach but also the recruiting coordinator for the program. This causes some concern among Buckeye fans, but it is unlikely it will have much of an effect on recruiting. Meyer should have no problems filling the void that is left after Smith’s firing, and Meyer is heavily involved in the recruiting process for a head coach.
As for recruiting receivers, we will have to wait and see who the Buckeyes decide to hire. However, during Smith’s tenure at Ohio State, he was largely criticized for his inability to develop good wide receivers. This may be a blessing in disguise for Ohio State because they may find someone who can develop these young receivers better. It is a move that will take time to see the full impact, but it was a necessary move.