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The New Ambassador for Old Columbus Town

Ryan Day was not born in Columbus. He was not raised in Columbus. Prior to his joining the Buckeyes in 2017, none of his coaching stops had ever been in the state of Ohio.

However, as head coach of the Scarlet and Gray, he has embraced the area as much as any native son.

"It's a hot city right now," Day said. "30,000 businesses; real estate is going up. It's just one of the top places in the entire country."

That message shouldn't be a surprise. Day's social media team just recently released a video that easily could be mistaken as the product of the Columbus Visitors Bureau.

He's also made the pitch directly to potential recruits, talking up the city at the end of one of the team's camps.

"There's culture downtown," he told the campers. "If you're from out of town, I suggest you go down and see the city. There are beautiful restaurants down there."

He's renewed an emphasis on recruiting those already familiar with the city's virtues as well. In the past month alone 2020 in-state prospects Jake Seibert (Cincinnati La Salle), Ty Hamilton (Pickerington Central), Darrion Henry (Princeton), and Joe Royer (Cincinnati Elder) have all answered that call. In addition, so have 2021 prospects Ben Christman (Revere) and Jayden Ballard (Washington Massillon).

Day has gone so far to say that on lists of high school players they are considering, Ohio recruits have their names written in red. Whomever the Buckeyes are pursuing, though, Columbus plays prominently in Ohio State's spiel.

Day explained the approach to 610 WTVN. "To not use that as a selling tool? You're crazy," he said, before making it a little more personal.

"I've lived in Boston, I've lived in Philadelphia, I've lived in San Francisco; some of the greatest cities in America, and we love Columbus."

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