Ohio State Recruiting: Urban Meyer Raiding Rest Of Big Ten

The NCAA almost double the scholarship sanctions proposed by Ohio State. How will the Buckeyes adjust?

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Ohio State Recruiting: How Will NCAA Scholarship Reductions Impact Urban Meyer's First Class?

With today's news that the NCAA rejected Ohio State's proposed penalties and imposed a scholarship reduction almost double that of what the Buckeye's submitted, many Ohio State fans will wonder how this will impact Ohio State's recruiting. And this is an important question, as Ohio State has been on an absolute tear lately on the recruiting trail. Meyer has catapulted Ohio State's class from decent to excellent, with the additions of defensive linemen Noah Spence and Tommy Schutt. 

The new penalty is as follows:

Reduction of football scholarships from 85 to 82 for each of the 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic years. This is an increase from the university’s proposal of five initial scholarships spread over three academic years.

The reduction in scholarships doesn't necessarily mean that the Buckeyes must take a smaller class. Remember, the NCAA isn't limiting the size of the recruiting class. It is only limiting the total number of scholarship players the Buckeyes may have on their roster come August. In fact, Ohio State could still take the class it planned to take; it would just need to get rid of more upperclassmen. 

That's an idea decried by many Big Ten fans, but the Buckeyes can probably get away with it under the guise that the jettisoned players didn't fit Urban Meyer's system. 

It will be tougher, however, to work around the numbers in 2013 and 2014, when Meyer's kids are already somewhat in place. 

Ohio State experts are also interested in how recruits react to the news that Ohio State did receive a bowl ban -- something Meyer had promised kids would not happen. A recruit may look at Meyer's statement and the truth and conclude that Meyer cannot be trusted, or it might not matter to him at all.

The actual bowl ban, however, isn't likely to impact recruiting in any way. Most kids realize they wouldn't be playing a major role on the team in year one. This is a different scenario than a multi-year bowl ban, the likes of which was dealt to USC.

If Meyer can convince recruits that what the NCAA did was totally unexpected, and Ohio State's administration is OK with allowing Meyer to run off more kids than previously planned, the Buckeyes should have no problem rolling right along on the recruiting trail. 

For more on Ohio State recruiting, visit Along The Olentangy.



Noah Spence Commits To Ohio State Buckeyes

Ohio State has landed one of the premier pass-rushing recruits in the country.


Ohio State Recruiting: Noah Spence, Bam Bradley Visiting Buckeyes

Last weekend saw Ohio State land Tommy Schutt and Se'Von Pittman after their recruiting visits. This weekend probably won't feature quite the fireworks, but there is still important work to be done by the Buckeyes.

The top visitor expected this weekend is Noah Spence. We previously discussed Spence here, and the nation's top uncommitted defensive end remains infatuated with Ohio State after previously being thought to be a Penn State lean. In fact, some believe he is already a silent verbal commitment to Ohio State. I don't know about that, but I do know that if Meyer reels in Spence, the Buckeyes' haul of defensive linemen will be one of the best in the country. 

The Buckeyes are also expecting a visit from safety Bam Bradley. Bradley is a three-star safety from Trotwood, Ohio, claiming offers from Ohio State, Penn State, Stanford and Vanderbilt. 

For more on Ohio State recruiting, visit Along The Olentangy.



Se'Von Pittman Commits To Ohio State Buckeyes

As predicted when Urban Meyer took over Ohio State, Se'Von Pittman has spurned Michigan State and committed to the Ohio State Buckeyes, per 11 Warriors:

Pittman, who committed to the Spartans and coach Mark Dantonio in mid-June, had been rumored to be waffling before the Urban Meyer hiring, and it's now official. At 6'4, 260 Pittman will give the Buckeyes another piece to what is quickly becoming the highest ranked defensive line haul in the school's recruiting history. He was a high school teammate of current Buckeye Steve Miller, who will be entering his sophomore season.

Pittman stars for Canton, Ohio's Mckinley High School. The four major recruiting services (247, Rivals, Scout and ESPN) universally regard him as one of the best 20 defensive ends in the country. 

Pittman will likely play strong-side end. He has a good blend of power and speed, which should help the Buckeyes in the run-heavy Big 10 conference. 

Ohio State now has 18 commitments and a tremendous defensive line class. 

For more on Ohio State recruiting, visit Along The Olentangy.


Tommy Schutt Makes It Official: He's A Buckeye

Per SB Nation Philly:

Tommy Schutt, a five-star defensive tackle from Illinois in the Class of 2012, originally committed to Penn State during the summer of 2011. According a report (via Allen Trieu’s Twitter), Schutt has now decommitted from Penn State and committed to Ohio State. The Buckeyes were high on Schutt’s list during the beginning of his recruitment. He had backed off when Jim Tressel was fired. Schutt eventually committed to Penn State after a visit. Once the Jerry Sandusky scandal broke, Schutt said he would wait to see how the situation developed.

This was entirely expected, as I touched on this morning.

With Penn State’s recruiting on the back burner while the search for a head coaching willing to take over that situation creeps on, look for Ohio State and other regional schools to take the top players in Pennsylvania.

For more on Ohio State recruiting, visit Along The Olentangy.


Ohio State Recruiting: Tommy Schutt And Noah Spence In Good Position

Urban Meyer continues to improve the Ohio State Buckeyes' recruiting. Ohio State welcomed another strong weekend of recruiting visitors, and prospects from all over the Midwest and the Eastern shore.

The top name from the weekend is defensive tackle Tommy Schutt. Schutt, formerly a Penn State commitment [note: some still consider him a Penn State commitment], is rumored to have committed to the Buckeyes. However, the top-five defensive tackle has not come out and said it himself, so it remains unofficial. Several Ohio State sites are reporting that Schutt will commit to the Buckeyes any day now. I'll leave it up to the kid and not spoil his moment, but OSU people are very confident on this one. The Meyer effect is certainly being felt in Happy Valley right about now.

Elsewhere, here's Noah Spence, the top uncommitted defensive end in the country, on Urban Meyer and Ohio State:

"He's a great guy," Spence said. "I feel like he wants to win and I want that, too. I feel I'll get a lot of playing time if I work hard and come out and be focused, so it sounds like a good place."

Spence then had this exchange via twitter:

in reply to @ClevelandMike4

@ClevelandMike4 just got off the phone with him definitly at the top of the list for now
Nov 30 via Twitter for iPhoneFavoriteRetweetReply

Spence is another recruit who once considered Penn State and would now be considered a longshot to sign with the Nittany Lions. 

Offensive tackle Jordan Diamond (Chicago) on OSU and Urban Meyer:

"It went well," Diamond said. "He brings a lot of energy. He's a great a coach, a great coach. A great person, too. He's a high-motor guy, and that's what I look for in a coach."

As covered in a previous update, Meyer continues to be all over Ohio offensive tackle Kyle Dodson, who is committed to Wisconsin.

Which recruit do OSU fans want most? Find out here.

For more on Ohio State recruiting, visit Along The Olentangy.

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