Safeties Coach Perry Eliano

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    Since arriving to Cincinnati in March 2020, Perry Eliano wasted no time proving he is one of the best cornerback mentors in the country in his first two seasons with the Bearcats.

    Cincinnati has gone 22-1 since Eliano’s arrival, won back-to-back American Athletic Conference Championships and advanced to the College Football Playoff Semifinals at the Cotton Bowl.

    In 2021, Coby Bryant won the 2021 Jim Thorpe Award, given to the nation’s best defensive back, and Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner was selected to his third All-AAC First Team, this time unanimously. Bryant was also named to the all-conference First Team for the second straight year.

    Cincinnati had the nation’s best pass defense in 2021, finishing No. 1 in the country in pass efficiency defense (100.47), No. 2 in passing yards allowed (168.3), No. 3 in interceptions (18) and No. 4 in opponent completion % (53.5).

    The Bearcats’ overall defense has been outstanding as well, ranking fourth nationally in scoring defense (16.1) and No. 7 in total defense (305.8).

    Eliano has spent more than 20 seasons in the coaching ranks. He came to UC after a two-year stint as the special teams coordinator and cornerbacks coach at New Mexico.
     
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    Eliano was the #3 recruiter in the entire AAC. When you consider how much more difficult it has to be to recruit at Cincinnati than Ohio State, I think he will do exceptionally well. If you scroll down the list you’ll see a familiar name. Matt Barnes. He’s ranked as the number 12 recruiter in the AAC. The problem is, they are using his players that he recruited to Ohio State to rank him in the AAC. Yeah…not great.

    https://247sports.com/Season/2022-Football/CompositeCoachRankings/?Conference=AAC
     
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    Ryan Day on new safeties coach Perry Eliano: “Perry’s work the last two years at Cincinnati speaks for itself. He has developed great players and has been a huge part of the Bearcats’ success. He has 15 years of collegiate experience coaching either safeties or cornerbacks.”
     
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    Ohio State safeties coach Perry Eliano will be paid $450,000.
     
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    PERRY ELIANO
    ON CINCINNATI'S 2021 SEASON
    • "Obviously it was a magical year."
    • "It helps to have really good players that buy into what you're doing."
    ON GETTING THE CALL FROM RYAN DAY
    • Eliano said he actually found out from Luke Fickell that Day was interested because Day talked to Fickell first.
    • "Obviously, Coach Day is a professional. He did things the right way."
    • "From the first conversation, me and coach Day had, great chemistry, good flow."
    • "We believe in the same things. Things moved pretty fast."
    • "I definitely was excited. I feel this place is the best place in the country."
    • "I've always admired The Ohio State University from afar."
    • "I'm just fired up."
    ON JIM KNOWLES' DEFENSE
    • "It speaks for itself."
    • "I'm excited because these young men have the opportunity to come in and – they have to play well."
    • "We have to make sure that we play well and that we have a great grasp of the defense."
    ON OHIO STATE'S CURRENT SAFETIES
    • Eliano notes that he had an opportunity to meet with them before he hit the road recruiting.
    • "They're a hungry group. They're a group that understands they have to play better."
    • "Every one of those guys wants to start – and that's what you love."
    • "The thing that I notice is their hunger, their desire to be the best every day."
    ON RECRUITING FOR OHIO STATE
    • "There's definitely a difference when you've got the Block O on your chest."
    • "It feels great. You're in rare air."
    • Eliano says it's great to know that you can tell kids they will compete for a national title every year.
    • "You step into a school and they see that Block O, it's refreshing.
     
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    Just a few days after starting his job as Ohio State’s new safeties coach, Perry Eliano hit the recruiting trail.

    From Texas to Georgia to anywhere else in between, Eliano spent multiple weeks visiting potential future Buckeyes. His visits ranged from seeing prospects the Buckeyes have already offered, such as five-star cornerback AJ Harris, to making several new offers to recruits in various classes.

    While on the trail, Eliano noticed a notable advantage he hadn’t had while he was recruiting players as Cincinnati’s cornerbacks coach for the past two seasons. This time around, not only was Eliano able to claim his accolades of assisting in the development of Jim Thorpe Award winner Coby Bryant and 2021 first-team All-American Ahmad Gardner, he was also representing one of the most nationally recognized college football programs in the country.

    “There’s a different response,” Eliano told reporters Monday when asked about what it’s like recruiting for Cincinnati compared to OSU. “Cincinnati is great, but there’s definitely a different response when you have the Block O on your chest. People say we are a national brand from New York, to California, to everywhere in between. There was definitely a different response from (recruits) because I had a Block O on my chest, but those relationships had been built. And then I’ve developed new relationships with schools I had never been in. At the end of the day it’s exciting because it’s all about players, but it’s about the right type of players.”

    Newfound advantages aside, Eliano said there wasn’t any new learning curve recruiting for a new school on his first few days on the job. On the trail, he was deploying most of the same recruiting tactics he has been for his entire coaching career.

    “I think (recruiting) starts with you as an individual coach,” Eliano said. “Guys want to play for coaches and establish relationships with coaches that they feel good about. It’s got to start there. Now with the logo on my chest, it doesn’t hurt because it gets you in doors and gets you opportunities. Just like we want to coach at the highest level, young men want to play at the very best and highest level and play for national championships. It works hand in hand.”

    Without him even knowing it, OSU targets are backing Eliano up on the relationships aspect being crucial. While on the road, Eliano has continued to recruit some players he had been vying for while employed at Cincinnati, albeit now he’s recruiting those athletes to play for Ohio State. Four-star 2024 Texas wide receiver Micah Hudson was an example of such a player, as Eliano visited him at his high school and presented an offer on Jan. 18. While Hudson was impressed by the big-name offer he received, he told Eleven Warriors he was touched Eliano continued to recruit him at a different school.

    “I’d say (Eliano is) pretty good because he’s a man of his word,” Hudson said. “He showed that he really cared about me coming down all the way from Ohio just to see me. I think that’s a pretty big factor on someone wanting to go somewhere, is loyalty with somebody they can trust. Someone that’s straight up and real.”
     
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