Wondering what it is like to recruit for Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer?
On National Signing Day Wednesday, OSU assistants shared stories, although to a man all said they had nothing to compare to what former offensive coordinator Tom Herman experienced last year.
During the height of an unusual snowstorm in January, 2014, Herman found himself stuck in a rental car for 19 hours driving 50 miles from Marietta, Ga., to the Atlanta airport to catch a plane to Dallas-Fort Worth. So he ditched the car and walked part of the remaining four miles, falling at least five times in the first two, before catching a ride at a gas station about a mile or two away. Herman documented the journey on Twitter.To read more or comment...
Despite what looks like a treasure chest of riches at the quarterback position next season, Ohio State added two more to the fold Wednesday on National Signing Day.
Faxing in national letters-of-intent were two four-star recruits who are dual-threat quarterbacks -- Torrance Gibson of Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage and Joe Burrow of The Plains in Athens, Ohio's Mr. Football in 2014.
They will join a host of Heisman Trophy candidates in Braxton Miller, rehabbing after surgery to his throwing shoulder, J.T. Barrett, rehabbing a fractured ankle suffered on Nov. 29, and Cardale Jones, who went 3-0 against Wisconsin, Alabama and Oregon to lead the Buckeyes to the national championship.
New quarterbacks coach and co-offensive coordinator Tim Beck knows why that didn't deter Gibson and Burrow. Beck pointed to Ohio State coach Urban Meyer's success with quarterbacks like Alex Smith at Utah, Tim Tebow and Chris Leak at Florida and Josh Harris at Bowling Green even before he arrived in Columbus.To read more or comment...
Ohio State football oach Urban Meyer won his first battle with new Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh on National Signing Day Wednesday, keeping Detroit Cass Tech running back Mike Weber from flipping to the Wolverines.
Weber, 5-foot-10 and 220 pounds, is a four-star prospect who committed to Michigan in August, then decommitted as UM dumped coach Brady Hoke. Weber switched his pledge to the Buckeyes after the Big Ten Championship game.
But UM hired former San Francisco 49ers coach Harbaugh on Dec. 29 and the Wolverines turned up the heat on Weber.
"Too young to be stressing like this," Weber wrote on his Twitter account, @mikeweber25, on Jan. 26.
Meyer said on his call-in show on 97.1 The Fan Wednesday afternoon that he and running backs/assistant head coach for offense Stan Drayton were on the phone with Weber past midnight.To read more or comment...
Heading into National Signing Day on Wednesday, Ohio State already had one of the best recruiting classes in the nation. The Buckeyes got a bump from the late commitments of wide receiver K.J. Hill and offensive tackle Isaiah Prince.
Their commitments, and Ohio State not losing anyone previously committed, vaulted the Buckeyes' class to 27 players. It also bumped them up in overall rankings nationally.
Before Wednesday, 247Sports composite rankings listed Ohio State has the No. 7 class in the country. After the additions of Hill and Prince, Ohio State's class moved up to No. 6 in the country.To read more or comment...
10:58 a.m. update: According to various reports online, Detroit Cass Tech running back Mike Weber is staying with his commitment to Ohio State. At least one person is happy:
Congrats and welcome to the unit to my new little brother @mikeweber25 Welcome to Buckeye Nation. Everybody go give my man a follow ⭕️
10:54 a.m. update: Weber is "still making up his mind," according to reports online. This will be the Buckeyes recruiting storyline to follow for the rest of the day.To read more or comment...
Ohio State added another surprised entrant to the 2015 recruiting class. Offensive lineman Isaiah Prince of Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Maryland.
247Sports rates Prince as the seventh best offensive tackle in the country and No. 105 player overall. Prince picked Ohio State over Alabama and Maryland. He initially committed to Alabama on Jan. 16.
He becomes the sixth offensive lineman to commit to Ohio State in this year's class.
“He’s fresh off his Maryland visit. Of course, like most teenagers, when he got back from Alabama, he was gung ho about that. When he got back from Ohio State, he really loved them," Prince's head coach Tom Green told the Baltimore Sun earlier this week. "When he got back from Maryland, he really loved them. He’s 17, and they’re all are good programs and have a lot to offer."To read more or comment...
One of the biggest questions for Ohio State on National Signing Day was whether or not quarterback Torrance Gibson would hold to his commitment with the Buckeyes.
Some thought Gibson might flip his commitment considering Ohio State's incredible depth at quarterback and the commitment of quarterback Joe Burrow in this year's class.
Despite a last minute push from Miami and LSU, Gibson stuck with his commitment to the Buckeyes, faxing in his letter of intent today.
Gibson is regarded by 247Sports as a four-star player and the 12th-best athlete prospect in the nation. The Fort Lauderdale, Fla. product was recruited to Ohio State by former offensive coordinator Tom Herman and wide receivers coach Zach Smith.To read more or comment...