I think for a guy that has never done this before, this is the smart way to do it. If you focus out of state where the coach is a bigger draw and the school less so versus instate kids, there is more risk. Start with locking down Ohio where the school is a big draw and then over time as you build your name you can draw kids from areas that the school pull isn’t as great. Plus, Ohio has some talented football players.
Plus, we know TTUN can’t build a team without Ohio kids. So, locking down the state hurts them too.