Ohio State fired long-time wide receivers coach Zach Smith this evening amid reports of domestic abuse, a decision that could have lasting ramifications as the Buckeyes look to land four wideouts this recruiting cycle.
Smith, who was entering his seventh season on the staff, played an integral role in the staff's pursuit of five-star commit Garrett Wilson and four-star targets Marcus Washington and Jameson Williams. Washington and Williams, both hail from St. Louis, which was one of Smith's primary recruiting areas.
Wilson, who picked Ohio State over Texas back in late April, quickly responded when asked about the status of his pledge to the Buckeyes.
Im SOLID. Please stop asking #GoBucks— Garrett Wilson (@GarrettWilson_V) July 23, 2018
"Sad to hear it, but it has no impact on my recruitment," Wilson told Eleven Warriors, noting head coach Urban Meyer informed him of the decision this afternoon. "I'm solid."
Washington, meanwhile, is set to announce his college decision on Aug. 7. He'll choose between Ohio State and home-state Missouri, while Williams does not have a timeline. The Buckeyes are considered the favorite in his recruitment, as well.