4-star ATH in Ohio State's 2022 class committed to Buckeyes, despite father taking job at Indiana
Indiana head coach Tom Allen made a splash hire on Monday, landing Deland McCullough as the next running backs coach of the Hoosiers after spending the last three seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs in the NFL. There might’ve been some hope that Deland’s son, 4-star running back Dasan McCullough, would reconsider his commitment options, too.
That won’t be the case, though. Dasan committed to Ohio State back in August 2020, and he’s honoring that pledge to Ryan Day and the Buckeyes.
Dasan explained that he was excited for his father to get this opportunity with the Hoosiers. However, he’s still committed to Ohio State and looks forward to the matchups against Indiana in the future.
“I’m beyong happy for my dad and this opportunity,” Dasan said, according to a tweet from Hayes Fawcett. “Going to feel good beating him for 3-4 years. Imma Buckeye.”
Earlier today Dasan McCullough’s dad, Deland (former KC Chiefs RB Coach), was hired by Indiana to be their Assistant HC and Running Backs Coach
The Class of 2022 Ohio State Commit said “it’s going to feel good beating him for 3-4 years”
Dasan is a Buckeye, case closed pic.twitter.com/cWzNCubWgl
— Hayes Fawcett (@Hayesfawcett3) February 9, 2021
Per 247Sports, the younger McCullough is listed as a 6-foot-5, 220-pound athlete and ranks as the No. 54 overall prospect in the 2022 class and is the No. 6 athlete in the class. He hold 43 offers during the recruiting process.
On Monday, Indiana officially named Deland the new running backs coach, replacing Mike Hart, who had served in that role from 2017-2020. Hart took a job with Jim Harbaugh at Michigan in the same role after four seasons with the Hoosiers.
Deland has some familiarity with Indiana and Allen. From 2011-16, Deland was the running backs coach on Kevin Wilson’s staff at IU and worked alongside Allen for one season (2016) when he was the defensive coordinator.
Deland spent the last three seasons with Kansas City and had a one-year stop at USC (2017) after leaving Bloomington.