It has started – the new era of Buckeye Football. In his first year as Buckeye head coach, Urban Meyer has hit a high note with his first recuiting class. Just a little over two months into his new job Meyer’s recruiting class has come in 4th place in college football, with Alabama leading the pack. Even the one year bowl ban did not affect Meyer’s recruiting class. The Buckeyes welcomed 25 new players who signed their letters of intent on Wednesday, February 1st.
Meyer has used terms of “ridiculous”, “speed at the skill”, to describe what kind of players that will arrive at Ohio State. There are 16 players from the state of Ohio. The other players came from the states of California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. All of the previously mentioned are very strong high school football states. The player’s weight ranges from 175 to 315 pounds. Their height ranges from 5’11 to 6’8. The Buckeyes acquired two running backs, three defensive backs, five offensive linemen, three wide receivers, one quarterback, three linebackers, one cornerback, one defensive tackle, three defensive ends, and one tight end.
With all the hoopla surrounding the big recruits that Ohio State signed, other Big Ten head coaches are turning red with frustration. Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio and Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema are upset for losing verbal commitments to Ohio State. With any coach from any conference, whether it be the Big Ten, PAC-12, MAC or whatever conference, their main goal is to have the recruit sign the letter of intent on National Signing Day. Before that day comes into play they are hoping to get a verbal commitment from the recruit. What a verbal commitment is, is just saying “I like you and so far you are the team I want to play for”. Its not a done deal, just unofficial statements. A lot of players keep their options open until National Signing Day comes up. The main goal for every team, of course, is to go undefeated and win a National Title. According to Michigan State and Wisconsin, the teams are upset that Ohio State is raiding their commitments. In a statement issued from Ohio State’s head coach Urban Meyer, he states “It should be noted that my coaching staff is in full compliance with our recruiting efforts, and no one on this staff did anything illegal or unethical” (Source: Toledo Blade; February 4, 2012). All in all, Ohio State did what they had to do when recruiting the players. It might be a thing where the other Big Ten schools might just be afraid of Meyer and the Buckeyes.
Ohio State Recruits:
2012 College Football Recruiting Rankings: (Rivals.com)
4. Ohio State
7. Southern California
8. Florida State
9. Miami (Fla.)