Ohio State assistant wants to see OHSAA allow spring football in Ohio

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Ohio State assistant wants to see OHSAA allow spring football in Ohio

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Ohio State cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs talks to reporters on Thursday, March 24, 2016, at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center in Columbus. David Jablonski/Staff

Some states allow high schools to have football practices in the spring.

Ohio does not.

Count Kerry Coombs among those who would like to see that change.

A University of Dayton grad, Coombs is in his sixth season coaching defensive backs at Ohio State.

Before that, he spent five seasons as an assistant at the University of Cincinnati, but more than half of his professional career has been spent in the high school ranks — most notably 16 years as head coach at GMC powerhouse Colerain in Cincinnati. 

Kerry Coombs believes allowing high school football teams in Ohio to hold spring football practice would be beneficial.

Having sent many players to Division I schools when he was a prep coach and now having spent 10 seasons on the other side as a recruiter, he has a unique perspective.

Like Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer, Coombs also knows what it is like to be the parent of a football player in Ohio looking to be recruited.

Meyer has previously talked publicly about the need for more opportunities to evaluate prospects in Ohio, where recruits may be at a disadvantage compared to their peers in states that do have spring football.

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