Chris Ash, Larry Johnson Sr. to join Ohio State Buckeyes coaching staff

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State once again has a full coaching staff, and its beleaguered defense has two fresh faces to get started on the overhaul on that side of the ball.

The Buckeyes reached deals Tuesday with Arkansas defensive coordinator Chris Ash and Penn State defensive line coach Larry Johnson Sr., sources told ESPN’s Joe Schad on Tuesday.

Ash is expected to fill the co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach role vacated by Everett Withers when he took over as the coach at James Madison. Johnson will replace defensive line coach Mike Vrabel, who was hired by the Houston Texans.

“I’ve got no comment right now,” Ash told ESPN.com. “Nothing is official.”

Ohio State also has not confirmed the hires, which were first reported by SI.com.

The coaching vacancies were the Buckeyes’ first since Urban Meyer finalized his first staff prior to the 2012 season.

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