Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer has become known as one of the best recruiters in the country, as he’s always been able to get four and five-star guys, whether it be at Florida or Ohio State. Over the course of a year, I can’t begin to fathom how many recruits he visits with and I’m sure that it’s hard to keep them all straight.
That being said, one of the biggest things in recruiting is making a prospect feel like he’s part of the family and that he’s the most important guy on your list. Meyer failed to do that with 2017 four-star athlete Bruce Judson and it ended up costing the Buckeyes a recruit.
Judson was on campus showing four-star safety recruit Richard LeCounte III around the Buckeyes’ facility when the two ran into Meyer. Unfortunately for the head coach, he didn’t have any clue who Judson was.
Here’s Judson’s account of the incident:
“Long story short, I was walking in the hallway about to go to the indoor field and work out. [Meyer] was like, ‘Hey.’ I looked around. ‘Come here.’ He was like, ‘How you doing, you like your visit?’ I said, ‘Yeah.’ Then he’s like, ‘What up Richard LeCounte? Are you showing this guy (Judson) around?’ I was like, ‘Coach, I’m showing him around.’ He asked me, ‘Who are you?’ I told him Bruce. He said, ‘Oh, Bruce Judson from Florida. The speedy guy.’ I was like, ‘Yeah.’ He said, ‘I’m glad that you’re on board and glad you got up here.’ After that, I knew I was decommitting. … We had met face-to-face before at a satellite camp, so he should have known who I was, especially with me being a commit.”
LeCounte claims that it’s possible Meyer was joking, but even still, it rubbed Judson the wrong way and he decommitted from the Buckeyes.