Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Urban Meyer likes home cooking
By Brad Bournival
Judging from his first two recruiting classes, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer could certainly be cast in the next Under Armour commercial.
With three weeks left before signing day, a look at the numbers shows the two-time national champion does indeed protect his house.
While everyone is talking about all the 14 Georgians from 2014 Meyer has offered and looking at his national presence, the Ohio native really does stay at home for the most part.
At least that’s the consensus through the first 47 signings/commitments from the two Buckeyes classes under Meyer’s watch.
Of the two classes 55 percent (26 commits/signings) of the pledges have or will come from the Buckeye state with 64 percent coming from Ohio in 2012 (16 of 25) and 45 percent landing in 2013 (10 of 22).
In fact, the numbers aren’t even close in regards to the rest of the states as Florida is the next closest with three, while California, Indiana, Massachusetts, North Carolina and Texas each have two.
After that, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and South Carolina chime in with one each.
With names like Cameron Hunt (Corona, Calif./Centennial), Dan Skipper (Arvada, Colo./Ralston Valley), Vonn Bell (Rossville, Ga./Ridgeland) and Cornelius Elder (Nashville, Tenn./Ensworth) being thrown around there’s an argument for more national numbers in the 2013 class.
But for every Hunt, Skipper, Bell and Elder, there’s a Shelton Gibson (Cleveland Heights, Ohio) or Corey Smith (Akron, Ohio/East Mississippi Community College) that could fill out the class as well.
If broken down, 15 states have been tabbed to become Buckeyes, though Meyer has never dipped his toes in the water of a state more than twice in either recruiting season.
With offers out everywhere in the country for 2014, those numbers could change a bit, but right now he’s still a Buckeye at heart when it comes to recruiting.
The 2014 class is a 50/50 split right now with Marcelys Jones (Cleveland/Glenville) and Damon Webb (Detroit/Cass Tech) as commitments, though it’s still way too early to break down the juniors.
Here’s how things have played out so far:
Ohio 10, Florida 2, Texas 2, California, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina.