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Urban Meyer lands two big-time defensive linemen

Posted on: December 12, 2011 11:22 pm
Edited on: December 12, 2011 11:24 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer

It was only a matter of time.

As soon as Urban Meyer became the head coach at Ohio State, it was only a matter of when - not if - his impact on the recruiting trail would be felt. He landed his first two recruits since taking over in Columbus and they are big ones: Glenbard West (Ill.) defensive tackle Tommy Schutt and Canton (Ohio) defensive end Se'Von Pittman.

"My reasoning was just to follow my heart," Pittman told Rivals. "I wanted to be a Buckeye so I went with that feeling."

The 6-foot-4, 245-pound end is ranked 63rd overall in the class of 2012 by MaxPreps and was committed to Michigan State. All it took was an official visit to Ohio State and some face time with Meyer however and he was ready to flip his commitment.

"Honestly, I probably would have (stuck with Michigan State)," he said. "Coach (Mark) Dantonio is a great coach and he's a great person, period. For me to leave a coach like that, (Meyer) had to be a great coach and a great person too and everything he told me was what I wanted to hear to be comfortable enough to leave."

"A physical specimen who plays on one of Ohio's more storied programs," analyst Tom Lemming said of Pittman. "He's a legitimate DE prospect who can get up field in a hurry."

Pittman wasn't the first player to flip for Meyer however, as top 100 tackle Schutt was already wavering on his verbal to Penn State and all it took to make things official with Ohio State was a visit to Columbus this past weekend.

“I had a great visit and got to know some of the commits,” Schutt told 247Sports. “They were great guys and guys I look forward to playing with, and it’s a great coaching staff, and the whole environment of Ohio State is unbelievable.” 

Ranked as the 5th-best interior lineman in the country, the 6-foot-3, 290-pound Schutt had been thinking about changing ever since Joe Paterno was forced out of State College. He held offers from just about every program in the country and you understand why when watching his film.

"Tommy dominates from start to finish," Lemming said. "Aggressive, tough, and instinctive, he's also very productive. Very fluid in his movements, he can redirect in the blink of an eye, is exceptionally quick off the ball, dominates the point of attack, and can split the double-team and apply pressure on the QB. He has the uncanny knack to play off blocks and find the ball."

The pair gives Ohio State 18 commitments for the class of 2012, now including three interior linemen ranked in the top 10 at their position.


Since: Oct 15, 2006
Posted on: December 17, 2011 6:16 pm

Urban Meyer lands two big-time defensive linemen

So again, why does the Big-10 constantly turn down offers to play the SEC in home and homes?

Who is turning down home and homes?  Some facts, please.   I'd love to see them.  A Big Ten-SEC football challenge would be awesome.  We'll never see it.  I think most people in Big Ten country would like to see that and a playoff if it was done right.

Ohio State isn't afraid of scheduling anyone.  They have had or will have home and homes with Texas, USC, Notre Dame, Miami, Cal, Virginia Tech, North Carolina and Oklahoma.  They had scheduled a home and home with Tennessee, but the Big Ten's decision to go to a nine game conference schedule in 2017 put the kibosh on that.  Ohio State will probably always schedule a game or two with weaker Ohio teams for two reasons.  It brings in more revenue to have a home game in front of 100k fans, and it keeps all the money in the state.

The Big Ten does have agreements with the SEC to play bowl games.  It would be great if they could be home and home.  Unfortunately, they are always played in SEC territory.  Personally, I would love to see Alabama or LSU players huddled by the sideline heaters in a bowl game at Lambeau Field or Soldier Field in January.  That would be tremendous. 

Since: Oct 15, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2011 3:19 pm

Urban Meyer lands two big-time defensive linemen

Why has the NCAA not come out with the final ruling on Ohio State yet, or did I miss it somewhere?  Does anyone else think that's a little ridiculous?  I questioned this before.  The majority of the members of the NCAA infractions committee are trained lawyers.  Lawyers typically are paid by the billable hour.  I don't know if that's the case here, but if it is, then the "crime" of players selling their personal items for tattoos is dwarfed by these lawyers dragging this thing out and billing the NCAA for it.  Perhaps someone on this board knows more about this.  I would be interested to know how they are compensated.

As for Urban Meyer stealing players from other schools, it might be more a case of players that would have come to Ohio State in the first place if the coaching situation had been more stable.  I don't know.  It's hard to blame the kid for switching from Penn State with all that's going on there. 

Since: Apr 7, 2009
Posted on: December 16, 2011 11:54 am

Urban Meyer lands two big-time defensive linemen

There needs to be a serious investigation on the NCAA and Ohio State's relationship. How in the world the Tattoo 5 were allowed to play in the Bowl Game (for which Prior didn't stick around to face his punishment like he "promised") is beyond me. How many other coaches could tell the NCAA, "Well I spoke to my players and they promised that they'd be back next year to serve their suspensions." That's an indication of a pretty chummy relationship. How we don't have a ruling yet and Ohio State is again playing in a bowl game is beyond me. NOT only that, Ohio State has the audacity to ask and then is granted permission by the NCAAA to have the completely unfair advantage of a coach recruiting while the other coach gets to totally focus on recruiting. Florida should be beside themselves, I guarantee Muschamp can't be in two places at once -trying to focus on the bowl game and the recruits. Meanwhile we get to hear of Meyer doing his work swiping 5 star recruits from other programs that are having to focus on their bowl game. This is garbage and someone needs to do a serious investigation of the NCAA!!! Just watch when the NCAA does hand down their final ruling, I'm sure it will be so weak that it's embarrassing...And OSU is clearly not learning their lesson as decided to give Gee a bonus!!! How that man still has HIS job is simply amazing to me. I'm calling FOUL!!!

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: December 16, 2011 11:26 am

Urban Meyer lands two big-time defensive linemen

Has nothing to do with their being 2 schools. As someone pointed out, they have different names. It is derived from way back when it was called the Ohio A&M College and the fact there are multiple state universities in Ohio and they feel the need to be pretentious assholes about it, as in THE soon-to-be probationary Ohio State University.

Since: May 18, 2007
Posted on: December 15, 2011 7:19 pm

Urban Meyer lands two big-time defensive linemen

Want to know why, BECAUSE WE CAN!!! 

THE Ohio State University 

Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: December 15, 2011 10:43 am

Urban Meyer lands two big-time defensive linemen

THE Ohio State actually comes from the fact that there are two Ohio Universities within the state of Ohio. Not sure what this other person is speaking of...
What does having two Ohio Universities within the state of Ohio have to do with anything???  Isn't one called Ohio University and the other called Ohio STATE University???

EVERY state has multiple universities within their state.  As I said already -- there is Michigan and Michigan State.  Mississippi and Mississippi State.  Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.  Florida and Florida State.  North Carolina and North Carolina State.  Kansas and Kansas State.  Washington and Washington State.  You could go on and on.

It still doesn't explain why in god's green earth the school would feel the need to put "the" in front of their school name??? 

Since: Aug 22, 2008
Posted on: December 15, 2011 9:00 am

Urban Meyer lands two big-time defensive linemen

THE Ohio State actually comes from the fact that there are two Ohio Universities within the state of Ohio. Not sure what this other person is speaking of...

Since: Dec 14, 2011
Posted on: December 14, 2011 10:15 pm

Urban Meyer lands two big-time defensive linemen

Coach Hoke has a double: New Jersey Governor.

Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: December 14, 2011 8:42 pm

Urban Meyer lands two big-time defensive linemen

I made a mistake and was referring to where they are # 7
Let me guess now -- is now the bible and not Rivals.  LMAO.  Let me guess -- You have a friend on the insde of that is giving you all the info on the teams??  HAHA.

What is it like living in fantasy land??? 

Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: December 14, 2011 8:41 pm

Urban Meyer lands two big-time defensive linemen

I live in San Diego and have contact w/ SDSU on a daily basis. I have spoken w/ some of the players and other w/ the administration. He did get the ok to go but it was how the fat man did it. He never met face to face w/ his team to tell them he was bailing. He had an assistant coach tell the team. There are many hard feelings w/ the team and they feel he sold them out and did not even have the balls to tell them face to face. The fat man is known as a coward and a sell out here and justifiably so. I have a friend at OSU and will be sure to tell her what a sell out and coward the fat man is. She knows higher ups in the athletic department and hopefully she can get the truth about what a weasel the fat man is to Meyers. What a great thing to tell a recruit that is on the fence. The fat man is a fraud.
I think this comment pretty much sums up how valid ANY of your posts are.  I love the guys posting on the internet who have "inside connections" and have contact with a program and it's players on a "daily basis".  LMAO.

You are a mess.  Nothing better than people who try to make their lives out to be more important than it is.  Trying to make yourself out to be a guy on the inside of these programs.  You, my friend, are a joke. 

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