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Meyer hiring would heat up Midwest recruiting

Posted on: November 23, 2011 12:55 pm
Edited on: November 23, 2011 1:05 pm
 
Posted by Bryan Fischer

In such an unstable business, it sometimes is still stunning to see how quickly the recruiting landscape can change.

As news circulated Wednesday morning that Ohio State would (finally) hire former Florida and Utah head coach Urban Meyer, it's clear that the though the toughest recruiting battles lie in SEC country, the Midwest is about to become a battleground for some of the top players in the region and elsewhere.

Meyer's recruiting prowess is unmatched, unless your name is Pete Carroll or Nick Saban and want to make an argument. He won two national championships at Florida, took Utah to a 10-2 season in his first year and an undefeated season and BCS bowl in 2003. He knows the Midwest and Ohio State in particular after serving as a graduate assistant under Earle Bruce and head coach at Bowling Green. An Ohio native, he knows how to go into powerhouses such as Glenville High and get some of the best the region has to offer. Connections to the state of Florida and the rest of the Northeast will prove fruitful as well as he transitions the Buckeyes to his spread offense. Meyer recruited NFL players by the dozen to Gainesville and should have no problem doing so to Columbus.

Even rumors of the hire has had an impact on the Buckeyes current recruiting class.

“I believe Urban Meyer,” defensive end Adolphus Washington told the Columbus Dispatch after committing to Ohio State. “I hope so.”

Meyer's hire is the latest move that has quickly turned the Midwest into an SEC-esque recruiting area. Brian Kelly has gone after defensive linemen and some of the nation's best to help put together a top 10 class last year for Notre Dame. The Irish are the favorite to land the top quarterback in 2012 and appear likely to grab another highly regarded class in 2012. Rival Michigan hired Brady Hoke and he has put together the country's best class that will sign this February. His defensive coordinator, Greg Mattison, coached with Meyer at Florida and knows him well - an interesting subplot. All three head coaches should also find plenty of success getting recruits from across the country.

Ohio State has always recruited well. Despite likely NCAA sanctions coming, Meyer should be able to do even better than Jim Tressel did given his legendary relentlessness on the recruiting trail. With three big names in the Midwest, numerous issues at Penn State and the NCAA easing up on rules regarding communication with recruits, Meyer should be a big splash that causes little drop off for the Buckeyes when the team rankings are announced after Signing Day.


Comments

Since: Dec 5, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 1:37 pm
 

Meyer hiring would heat up Midwest recruiting

It's not like Ohio State was exactly hurting in the recruiting department w the Sweater Vest in charge.  Look for Meyer to tap his Florida pipeline and this will definitely bolster OSU.  Traditionally OSU dominates Ohio, has a strong presence in western Pennsylvania, and cherry picks the rest of the Midwest.

And keep in mind Whining-Wolverines...Brady Hoke's recruiting success this year reflects one thing....he has plenty of playing time to offer in Ann Arbor, especially on defense.  Don't look for a repeat of that kind of success in 2012.



Since: Oct 4, 2011
Posted on: December 4, 2011 12:01 am
 

Meyer hiring would heat up Midwest recruiting

You are obviously and idiot. Do some homework before you say things that are'nt true. Over the last 5 years the BIG ten has a winning record against the SEC. Laughing



Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2011 4:57 pm
 

Meyer hiring would heat up Midwest recruiting

I totally agree with you.  If the NCAA wanted to level the playing field they would figure out a way to get the Southern and Western teams have to play some games in the northern and midwestern parts of the country in November, Dec and Jan.  Lets see how all of these power teams function when the ball is slippery and/or half frozen.
Search the forums ... this has been kicked around a billion times.

The heat and humidity in the south at during the first part of the year cancels out the cold in the north in the last part of the year. Moreover, you don't play many/any games in December or January. And, tell me how many games each year are effected by snow ... not many.

Finally, hoping for bad weather to bridge the talent gap is rediculous. Don't you want the teams to play in weather where it doesn't make a difference and we can see who the best team really is?





Since: Aug 26, 2011
Posted on: November 27, 2011 6:50 pm
 

Meyer hiring would heat up Midwest recruiting

I totally agree with you.  If the NCAA wanted to level the playing field they would figure out a way to get the Southern and Western teams have to play some games in the northern and midwestern parts of the country in November, Dec and Jan.  Lets see how all of these power teams function when the ball is slippery and/or half frozen.



Since: Mar 9, 2011
Posted on: November 25, 2011 11:06 pm
 

Meyer hiring would heat up Midwest recruiting

And what was it exactly that beat Arkansas?



Since: Jul 15, 2011
Posted on: November 24, 2011 11:57 pm
 

Meyer hiring would heat up Midwest recruiting

The way this skank bailed on Florida because he could not handl losng or the pressure makes you wonder how long he will be at OSU. Take themoney and run and the NCAA better start keeping an eye on this program. No one brings in recruits without some extra perks, wink, nod. Yeah, he got away with it at Florida but OSU may be stepping in it. How many NFL teams use the spread offense? This why they are not prepared for the next step. Go to the pro style schools o get what you need.



Since: Aug 24, 2007
Posted on: November 24, 2011 2:00 pm
 

Meyer hiring would heat up Midwest recruiting

Urban Meyer or not, Ohio State will still not be able to recrute a WHOLE SEC calaber team. He is a great coach,but folded under the presure of competeing in the SEC year after year. There's no doubt he will teke over the little ten, but that doesn't say much these days. Year after year they get beat by other conference's. They play a different kind of football there and it wins in bad weather. But that's not what wins championships these day's 


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