College Football Recruiting: Urban Meyer Goes Nationwide

Urban Meyer is quite different from former Buckeye coach Jim Tressel.

They both demand attention when they enter a room, but as far as recruiting goes, Meyer casts a wide net to land recruits from all over the country while Tressel relied heavily on the state of Ohio.

Half of OSU’s 2013 recruiting class is from outside Ohio. When you have a coach like Urban Meyer to go along with the tradition at Ohio State, elite players from all over the country are going to want to play in Columbus.

The Buckeyes’ 2013 recruiting classes went from ninth to fifth nationally last week in the ESPN.com recruiting ratings. As of right now, Rivals.com lists OSU at 10th, mostly because they have fewer commitments than most because of NCAA sanctions.

What ever OSU lacks in commits, it makes up for it in talent. Of the 14 commits OSU has received, all of them have a cumulative average of 3.92 stars (on a scale of one 1-5), second to Southern Cal’s 4.21 average per prospect.

Meyer has been able to lure top recruits in a number of states.

In June, the Buckeyes landed the top-rated player in South Carolina in defensive end Michael Hill. Hill had offers from Florida, LSU, Auburn, Alabama and of course from his home-state South Carolina.

Meyer also brought in Marcus Baugh, a tight end from California that was pursued by almost all the Pac-12 schools as well as Florida and Miami before he chose OSU. Another was five-star corner back Eli Woodard from New Jersey, who will join Cameron Burrows in the Buckeye’s secondary who is also a five-star recruit.

By the time February rolls around, Meyer and the Buckeye’s should have around 20 recruits. They may have had more if the NCAA didn’t limit them to 82 scholarships instead of 85 over the next three years.

Meyer has brought his go getter attitude with him to the Horse Shoe.

The recruits are starting to stack up.

Will Wilson is writer for Rant Sports covering College Football and the Big Ten Conference.

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