Ohio State made Cleveland Glenville defensive back Bryce West its first in-state offer of the 2024 recruiting cycle back in December. The 5-foot-11, 175-pound prospect is part of a talent revival at the Northeast Ohio powerhouse under legendary head coach Ted Ginn Sr. that sees the program well stocked with underclassmen talent.
At Monday’s Best of the Midwest Combine outside of Indianapolis, West showed why he is already becoming a big name in that 2024 class, running a pair of sub 4.5 40’s and dominating during the 1-on-1 portion of the showcase. West took home the defensive back MVP award for his efforts.
Since landing the offer from Ohio State, the Buckeyes have completely revamped their defensive staff. Jim Knowles replaced Kerry Coombs as defensive coordinator and Tim Walton and Perry Eliano have been brought in to coach the secondary.
Coaching changes always cause some uncertainty on the recruiting trail, but in this particular case it has been a smooth transition for the Buckeyes. Perry Eliano had been recruiting West previously when he was coaching the corners at the University of Cincinnati and the two have forged a good relationship already.
“I worked with coach Eliano a little bit at Cincinnati (camp),” West recalled. “He helped me work on my craft, make sure I’m doing the right things. He’s a really great guy a really good coach to play for, he coached me up well.”
The addition of Eliano has only helped the Buckeyes strengthen their position in West’s recruitment.
“Since coach Eliano came from Cincy, and now he’s at Ohio State, it gives me an even bigger interest in Ohio State,” he continued. “Just because I’m very close with him and he coached me up, he’s made me the DB I am today.”
“He’s got a lot of energy, he don’t ever settle for less,” West explained. “He’s going to tell you what you need to work on and he brings what you need to the table.”
The legacy of Glenville’s top prospects heading to Ohio State isn’t something that West takes lightly either. He and his family have been watching the Buckeyes for years.
“We all love Ohio State,” he said. “Glenville has produced a lot of Ohio State talent. Marshon (Lattimore), Ted (Ginn Jr.), Erick Smith, Ray Small, all of those guys. So it’s been a big inspiration that they offered me and just gives me a lot of interest. Coach Alford comes to the school a lot to check in on me, check on my grades, so that shows that they are a lot about me.”
West has also had the chance to bend the ear of one of his idols, former Glenville and Ohio State star, and current New Orleans Saints pro bowler, Marshon Lattimore. West wears Lattimore’s No. 2 for Glenville and takes great pride in trying to uphold what it means to wear that number.
“I just hope that I keep his number safe and hold it down for him,” West added.