People in Columbus are justifiably excited about the hiring of new head football coach Urban Meyer. From his time in Gainesville, Meyer is known as an excellent recruiter. And while he says he won't work at the level that drove him to health problems and a brief retirement, he'll still be expected to haul in blue-chip talents.
But Meyer only has about 60 days until signing day, so a large part of his first class will be comprised of what was left for him by Luke Fickell, Ohio State's interim coach.
And the group left by Fickell is pretty good. Currently, the Buckeyes have 16 verbal commitments. By Rivals' star rating, the class is 18th in the country, with a 3.3 average. That's also good for fourth in the Big Ten, behind Nebraska, Michigan and Wisconsin.
I'd personally place this class second in the Big Ten, behind only Michigan, as Nebraska has only eight commitments and Wisconsin only 12.
The class is headlined by defensive end Adolphus Washington of Cincinnati's Taft High School and running back Bri'Onte Dunn of Canton's Glenoak High. Washington is considered a solid commitment. Dunn is not, but Ohio State fans hope that Meyer's arrival will help to solidify his status.
Interestingly, Ohio State has only three commitments from out of state, and only one of those is from Florida -- a state Meyer once ruled in recruiting.
I'll chat with Along The Olentangy, SB Nation's excellent Ohio State blog today about Meyer's recruiting efforts. Look for that interview tomorrow.