Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Ohio State's success is secondary
By Brad Bournival
When Urban Meyer’s teams find success -- and by success we mean national championship achievement -- it usually comes with a blanket.
The two-time national champion breeds defensive backs built to play at the next level, and the proof is in his resume.
Ohio State’s vaunted offense came into the national championship game against Florida and gained 82 yards, 47 through the air.
Five-star cornerback Eli Apple is Ohio State's highest-rated recruit in the 2013 class.
Cornerback Ryan Smith had a cup of coffee with the Titans, and free safety Reggie Nelson was a first-round selection and has played for Jacksonville and Cincinnati from that team.
Two years later, the Gators were at it again and this time put cornerbacks Joe Haden (Cleveland) and Janoris Jenkins (St. Louis), free safety Major Wright (Chicago) and strong safeties Ahmad Black (Tampa Bay) and Will Hill (New York Giants) in the league.
It’s a statistic not lost on the current crop of defensive backs who signed their letters of intent with Ohio State on Wednesday.
“He believes in his players,” incoming cornerback and ESPN 150 standout Gareon Conley said. “In turn, they all play hard for him. His confidence in them just builds their confidence up and they play better.”
With five-star cornerback Eli Apple joining ESPN 150 representatives in Conley and Cam Burrows, the secondary is already off to a strong start. That's three of the top nine cornerbacks in the country, according to the ESPN rankings.