Reports: Mike Vrabel leaves Ohio State to join Bill O’Brien’s staff with the Houston Texans

Urban Meyer will without one of his top assistants at Ohio State next year. was the first to report that Ohio State defensive line coach Mike Vrabel will be leaving Columbus to take a position with the Houston Texans.

Vrabel played for Ohio State from 1993-1996 before having a 14-year NFL career in which he won three Super Bowls. After retiring in 2011, Vrabel joined the Ohio State staff as a linebackers coach. When Meyer was hired in December of 2011, he kept Vrabel on staff as a defensive line coach.

Vrabel has been recognized nationally for his skills as a recruiter. In 2012 Vrabel was named’s Big Ten Recruiter of the Year and named him a Top 25 recruiter in the nation.

Vrabel will coach on the staff of former Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien, who was named the head coach of the Texans on Jan. 3. O’Brien was an assistant with New England while Vrabel was a player there.

Vrabel becomes the second defensive assistant for Ohio State to take another job this offseason. Safeties coach Everett Withers left Columbus to take the head coaching position at James Madison.

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