Well, somebody sure got under Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith’s skin.
Without naming names in an awfully brief but boastful Twitter rant, Smith, who also serves as the Buckeyes’ recruiting coordinator, took issue with some fellow recruiters who may have discredited Ohio State’s success while promoting their own programs.
If you’re following along, Smith presented as evidence of his recruiting prowess former Ohio State-turned-NFL wide receivers Corey Brown (Panthers), Devin Smith (Jets), Evan Spencer (Buccaneers), Rod Streater (Chiefs) and Aaron Dobson (Patriots), as well as projected 2016 draft picks Braxton Miller, Mike Thomas and Jalin Marshall.
Indeed, the Buckeyes have produced three All-Big Ten receivers in each of the past two seasons — Thomas, Spencer and Smith in 2014 and Thomas, Miller and Marshall in 2015 — so he does have a leg to stand on when it comes to recruiting productive receivers.
Because Smith didn’t name names, however, his rant naturally leads to speculation about which schools he’s calling out for their recruiting practices? Is it rival Michigan, which had Brown’s equally productive Panthers teammate Devin Funchess drafted in 2015? Or Michigan State, which hasn’t had a wide receiver drafted since 2012?
Or maybe it was Nebraska, since new Huskers receivers coach Keith Williams posted a series of tweets after Smith’s rant that seemed to be in response to his Big Ten rival.
Following Williams’ diatribe, Smith then issued somewhat of a mea culpa on Twitter.
It could be any number of schools that irked Smith enough to take to social media. I guess we’ll never know who exactly poked the bear … until Smith’s next rant, perhaps.
P.S. However you feel about someone subtweeting his fellow coaches, you have to at least respect Smith for using not one but two Sesame Street memes in his rant.