Recruiting

Bryce West talks Ohio State visit as he connects with Tim Walton

Class of 2024 Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville defensive back Bryce West has emerged early on as a priority target for Ohio State and its revamped defensive staff. The four-star prospect was back on campus with several of his teammates on Tuesday as the Buckeyes opened spring practice. West felt right at home watching the Buckeyes hit the field for the first time since their Rose Bowl win on New Year’s Day.

“It was an amazing experience,” said West. “Just watching the guys compete and seeing how the coaches coach the guys out really stood out. And how it’s all so fast paced with no time for mistakes.”

West was able to sit in on the defensive staff meetings where new defensive coordinator Jim Knowles is now beginning the process of installing a new defensive system.

“I’ve just heard he’s a great guy,” West explained. “I was in the room when he was going over all of the coverages.”

Since the departure of Kerry Coombs, West’s best relationships at Ohio State have been with running backs coach Tony Alford and new safeties coach Perry Eliano who was recruiting West when Eliano was at the University of Cincinnati.

But things have really picked up recently between West and new cornerbacks coach Tim Walton. West spoke with Walton, along with virtually every other coach, on Tuesday but the relationship had really started progressing over the past couple of weeks.

“I’ve actually been talking to coach Walton throughout this whole week giving him calls and talking to him about many things,” West explained. “He’s a great guy. In person, he’s a hands-on coach. He’s going to make a man out of you, he’s going to coach you up.”

West was joined by several of his Glenville teammates, including four-star 2023 linebacker Arvell Reese. Reese left campus with an offer from the Buckeyes as one of the fastest rising prospects not only in Ohio, but nationally.