Ohio State officially announced today the hiring of one of the country’s most highly regarded assistant coaches and recruiters. Larry Johnson, Sr. was named the Buckeyes new Assistant Head Coach and Defensive Line coach. Johnson spent 18 years with Penn State, the last 14 as defensive line coach in which he coached seven first team All-Americans, six NFL first round draft picks, and five Big Ten Defensive Players of the Year.
In a statement released by Ohio State, Buckeye head coach Urban Meyer said, “I am very pleased that Larry Johnson is an Ohio State Buckeye. I have great respect for him as a family man, as a coach and mentor of young men, and as a recruiter. He is an outstanding addition to our coaching staff.”
In the same statement released by Ohio State Larry Johnson said the following:
“In just a few hours I can tell that Ohio State cares about football. There is a winning tradition that is important here. They care about academics and they care about players, and I like the way Coach Urban Meyer approaches things. He’s a great teacher. He is very organized and this is what I was looking for. And I am really impressed with the Ohio State players. I just met a group of players, walked out of the room and thought, ‘wow,’ these are the kinds of players I want to coach. They were really impressive.”
Johnson, the father of former Penn State and NFL running Larry Johnson Jr., replaces Mike Vrabel who left last week to become the linebackers coach with the NFL’s Houston Texans.