Ohio State senior quality control coach Corey Dennis on Monday morning was named by 247Sports as one of college football’s 30 rising stars under age 30.
— 247Sports (@247Sports) August 12, 2019
Dennis, 26, is a former wide receiver and team captain at Georgia Tech who entering his fifth season at Ohio State. In his current off-field role, he is responsible for game planning, practice planning and daily organization with both the quarterbacks and wide receivers, working alongside head coach Ryan Day and wide receivers coach Brian Hartline.
“He’s like my personal quarterbacks coach when Coach Day is not around,” former quarterback Dwayne Haskins said of Dennis when Day was acting as head coach during Urban Meyer’s suspension last September. “I can ask him about looks, coverages and different pressures, and he has everything that Coach Day teaches him. He helps me throughout practice, throughout meetings. He helps out a lot.”
Haskins — who finished his one and only season as a starter with a school- and conference-record 4,831 yards and 50 touchdowns — echoed that sentiment after the Buckeyes’ 45-24 win over Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship.
“(He’s) definitely a young, inspiring coach,” Haskins said. “He gives you a lot of information. He’s very resourceful. As far as if I need to watch a clip or see something from practice, or send me notes from practice, he’s always a phone call away. He did a great job this season of coming in and watching film with me every Monday. We would watch film after practice and he really did a great job with me, and I feel like he will be a good coach one day too.”
Dennis is married to Meyer’s daughter, Nicki, a former volleyball player at Georgia Tech. They have two sons, Troy and Gray.
Former Ohio State graduate assistant and current SMU defensive line coach Randall Joyner was also on the list. He worked under defensive line coach Larry Johnson during his two-year stint in Columbus (2016-17) and is considered one of the best young recruiters on the list.