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Urban Meyer making his impact felt

New Ohio State coach flipping prospects, forcing others to rethink their short lists

Originally Published: December 16, 2011
By Jared Shanker | ESPN Recruiting Nation
Buckeye Nation might cringe when it hears this, but Trotwood (Ohio) Trotwood-Madison coach Maurice Douglass sees a lot of similarities between Urban Meyer and Rich Rodriguez when it comes to recruiting.

Meyer sent warning shots to the rest of the Big Ten when he plucked ESPNU 150 defensive linemen Se'Von Pittman (Michigan State) and Tommy Schutt (Penn State) from Big Ten rivals as his first two commitments as Buckeyes coach on Monday.

On national signing day in 2008 -- Rodriguez's first recruiting class at Michigan -- Rodriguez plucked recruits Michael Shaw and Roy Roundtree from Big Ten brethren Penn State and Purdue, respectively, on his way to the No. 13 recruiting class.

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Jared Shanker

Florida State/ACC reporter