Monday, we told you that it looked like Taver Johnson was set to take the open assistant coaching job on Urban Meyer’s staff. Tuesday morning, the school confirmed that hiring.
According to a release from OSU, Johnson will coach the Buckeye cornerbacks in 2018, replacing Kerry Coombs, who departed for an assistant coach position with the NFL’s Tennessee Titans.
“I am really pleased to have Taver Johnson join our coaching staff,” Meyer said in a statement. “I’ve known Taver for a long time, going back to our days at Notre Dame, and I think he is a terrific coach and person. He’ll do an excellent job coaching our cornerbacks and mentoring the young men in our program.”
This will be Johnson’s second stint in Columbus. He served as cornerbacks coach under Jim Tressel from 2007-2011, working with Malcolm Jenkins during his Thorpe Award-winning season of 2008.
During Johnson’s tenure, three of his players were selected in the NFL Draft, Jenkins and Donald Washington in the first and fourth rounds in 2008, and Chimdi Chekwa in the fourth round in 2011. He was a finalist for FootballScoop.com’s 2009 Defensive Backs Coach of the Year award.
He left the Buckeyes when Urban Meyer took over following the 2011 season, and spent the next two years coaching defensive backs at Arkansas, before moving to Purdue to fill the same position there. In 2017, he took over as defensive coordinator at Temple.
Johnson is the second assistant with defensive coordinator experience to join the staff this offseason. Former Washington State DC Alex Grinch was hired back in January.
Like Grinch, Johnson is an Ohio native who attended the Cincinnati Academy of Physical Education, and played his college ball in the state as well. He was a two-time all-American at Wittenberg University in Springfield.
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