Mark Pantoni Named 2013 Director of Player Personnel of the Year Finalist

By DJ Byrnes on January 10, 2014 at 4:49p
OSU Director of Player Personnel, Mark Pantoni

Ohio State's Director Player of Personnel, Mark Pantoni — here's an interview with BTN's Gerry DiNardo — is Ohio State's behind-the-scenes recruiting rainmaker. He has also been named a finalist for the 2013 Director Director of Player Personnel Award. Here's how breaks down Pantoni:

Ever heard of the term Swaggernaut? That's the all-encompassing motto Ohio State has developed to reclaim its spot among the nation's elite under Urban Meyer. Credit Pantoni with making that term ubiquitous.

"Mark relates to players and recruits better than anyone I've ever seen in this profession," one coach told FootballScoop in nominating Pantoni. A long-time Meyer lieutenant, Pantoni has consistently delivered tremendous recruiting classes.

"I've never seen anybody as talented as Mark Pantoni," an Ohio State staff member told FootballScoop.

Pantoni holds two degrees from Florida and has served as Ohio State's director of player personnel for two years.

It's long been known Pantoni is one of the best in the business (that's why Urban hauled him up here from Florida, after all), but it's good to see him finally getting some shine for all his behind-the-scenes labors in the name of Ohio State football.


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jedkat's picture

He's made of pure Pantonium

"Can we please stop the message board fighting? I really can't stand the message board fighting..."

"No. You're an idiot, and your posts are terrible."

TimmyZ's picture

Pure, yellow-cake Pantonium.

TilstheHun3's picture

Urban brings the best: Marotti, Pantoni.
Can't wait to see who he brings in to be the new coaches on defense.

What is this? A center for ants?!? How can we be expected to teach children to learn how to read if they can't even fit inside the building?

ODEEZ330's picture

Pantoni is my fav member of urbans staff. He's awesome at his job.

stark county football

PittBuckeye's picture

So much he does we don't really hear about, glad we have him.

dja.ohio's picture

Now we have to worry about the NFL poaching our director of player personnel.  #PantoniProblems

cinserious's picture

Now we have to worry about the NFL poaching our director of player personnel.  #PantoniProblems

Absolutely naut! Urban will make sure Pantoni is enough compensated to never leave TOSU, Marotti as well for that matter.

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

ibuck's picture

Seems like NFL player personnel directors have a lot more pressure and shorter tenures than college recruiting coordinators. I think Pantoni is clever enough to realize a long-term gig is a better deal. Especially if the same coach has hired you twice.

Our honor defend, so we'll fight to the end !

If you can't win your conference, just quietly accept your non-playoff bowl game.

O-H-I-Owe-U's picture

Appreciate Mark's efforts and all the people behind the scenes who make the Buckeyes great.