Second-year OSU head coach has assembled an impressive first recruiting class.
Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer is putting the finishing touches on his first full class of Buckeyes. Meyer, who took the Ohio State job in November 2011, solidified the class built by interim coach Luke Fickell and managed to land a handful of additional commitments. However, the Class of 2013 will be the first fully chosen and pursued by Meyer.
Ohio State is in significantly better recruiting position headed into National Signing Day 2013 than it was in 2012. The Buckeyes went undefeated in Meyer's first season at the helm, finishing third in the final AP Top 25 poll. The program is also free of a two-year postseason ban which prevented the team from playing for the Big Ten Championship and, potentially, a Rose Bowl or BCS Championship. The Buckeyes have taken full advantage, securing commitments from 21 players, including 14 recruits who have been given four-star ratings from Rivals.com.
J.T. Barrett: The Urban Meyer spread offense was built for dual-threat quarterbacks, and the best of them -- Tim Tebow, Braxton Miller -- thrive in Meyer's run-heavy system. Barrett, a quarterback from Wichita Falls, Texas, fits the bill. Barrett chose Ohio State over offers from LSU, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Baylor, and Texas Tech. Rivals rates him the ninth-best dual-threat quarterback in the country.
Jalin Marshall: Jim Tressel built an empire in Columbus by cherry-picking Ohio of its finest talent. Meyer is picking up where Tressel left off with Jalin Marshall, a wide receiver from Middletown. Marshall received five stars from Scout, and is rated the second-best player in Ohio by Rivals (behind OSU commit Cameron Burrows). Marshall held offers from Notre Dame, UCLA and much of the Big Ten, but has been an OSU commit since January 2012.
Joey Bosa: Urban Meyer built an in-state pipeline while at Florida. The pipeline extends north now, with Bosa the first Meyer commit from the Sunshine State. Bosa is a five-star defensive end with an offer sheet to match: Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Michigan, Auburn and Wisconsin, among others. Both Rivals and Scout rated Bosa the fourth-best defensive end in the nation.
Mike Mitchell: Meyer recruited Texas hard this year, landing both his quarterback and his top-rated overall talent from the Lone Star State. Mitchell is a U.S. Army All-American middle linebacker out of Plano, Texas, with a five-star rating, a reported 4.4 40 time, and an offer sheet including Oklahoma, Florida, Florida State, and Oregon.
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