Ohio State head coach Ryan Day is reportedly hiring Jacksonville Jaguars cornerbacks coach Tim Walton for a similar position on the Buckeyes’ defensive coaching staff. The news was first reported by On3 Network’s Lettermen Row.
Walton (50 years old) played cornerback at Ohio State in the early 90s.
Walton began his coaching career almost immediately after his playing days ended. His first job was as a graduate assistant at Bowling Green in 1995. He eventually moved up and on, becoming a very popular name in secondary coaching circles.
In 2003, Walton took over the LSU secondary. The following year he moved to Miami to handle the Hurricanes’ secondary. In 2007, he became the defensive coordinator. He moved to Memphis as the Tigers’ defensive coordinator in 2008 and then went to the NFL’s Detroit Lions from 2009-2012 as their defensive backs coach.
In 2013, the St. Louis Rams named him their defensive coordinator. Walton then had a three-year stint as cornerbacks coach with the New York Giants, following by a three-year tenure at Jacksonville.
This will be Walton’s first full-time job back in college football since 2008 when he was at Memphis. He will be paired with newly hired Perry Eliano from Cincinnati to handle the Buckeyes’ defensive backs.
As a senior in 1993, Walton finished with 39 tackles, three tackles for loss, and two interceptions.
The hire could complete Ryan Day’s coaching staff as the Buckeyes would now have 10 full-time assistants, including special teams coordinator Parker Fleming.
The staff as it stands now would look like this.
Quarterbacks – Corey Dennis
Running Backs – Tony Alford
Wide Receivers – Brian Hartline
Tight Ends/OC – Kevin Wilson
Offensive Line – Justin Frye
Defensive Line – Larry Johnson
Linebackers/DC – Jim Knowles
Secondary – Perry Eliano
Secondary – Tim Walton
Special Teams – Parker Fleming
Buckeye Scoop will have more as it develops.