BANK Blog: Meyer's First Buckeye Weekend

Urban Meyer has certainly created a splash with his return to the college football world, and this weekend the new Ohio State head coach will get down to serious business. Ohio State will host several top prospects this weekend, including most of the current commits.

This is new head coach Urban Meyer's first big recruiting weekend at Ohio State, and he has a chance to send shock-waves across the college football world.

To date, there has been much style but no substance to the Meyer hiring, but there could be some MAJOR substance by Sunday evening.

WHO'S WHO? All of the current commits will be in Columbus, minus Adolphus Washington who visited officially last month. Of this group, all eyes will be on Brionte Dunn, who had steadfastly remained committed, while exploring other options. Michigan is the main threat for Dunn, and there's no arguing Meyer will want to win this first of many head-to-head recruiting matchups with Brady Hoke. I expect to see Dunn visit Michigan officially next weekend, and then make his final answer public soon after. OSU OUTLOOK WITH DUNN: GOOD.

DIAMOND'S FOREVER? Chicago Simeon's Jordan Diamond will get a lot of focus from Meyer this weekend, as offensive tackles are a position of desperation for this class. Ohio State has grabbed the big man's attention, and the good news for the Buckeyes is that Diamond has never been able to find the right school to date. OSU OUTLOOK: HIGH.

Penn State POACHING? Tommy Schutt committed to Penn State last summer, choosing the Nittany Lions over several schools, including Ohio State. It would be foolish to think the Buckeyes would have any chance at all with Schutt without some unbelievable help, but the current Penn State mess has opened the door, and Ohio State hiring Meyer could be the final piece to this puzzle. In normal times a Tommy Schutt would not switch schools, but things are anything but business as usual at either school. As a college football fan, it's impossible to not sympathize with the Penn State situation, but Urban Meyer will not see it that way. Nor should he. OSU OUTLOOK: VERY GOOD.

FLIPPING PITT? Michigan State commit Se'Von Pittman has not said anything to the media about this week's visit, and that is by design. Pittman has been to Ohio State several times in the past and he is bringing his mother with him. This is not a pleasure trip for Pittman. He is coming to do business. OSU OUTLOOK: EXTREMELY HIGH.

DODSON'S SWITCH? Much like Pittman, Dodson will be in Columbus this weekend with head coach Jeff Rotsky, also an indication that this won't be a fun-and-games excursion. Dodson is committed to Wisconsin, but will that be the case on National Signing Day? He has taken his official to Madison, so there is a chance the next time he sees that campus will be as a Badger opponent.OSU OUTLOOK: EXTREMELY HIGH.

EKPEN IN? One of the more unusual names and recruiting stories is Ekpen Iduoze, and I'm not 100% certain this visit will take place. He also has no offer and could be a body they keep warm for later reference. OSU OUTLOOK: PLAN-B.

OTHER NEWS: Do not underestimate the hiring of quarterback coach Tom Herman, a true QB and offensive genius. Herman COULD be the offensive coordinator, but that might not be determined yet. This hire will be the most impressive offensive hire at Ohio State since Walt Harris, and the on-field results could be just as dramatic. The fact that Herman COULD BE the offensive coordinator, but that's not etched in stone is yet another huge plus. Ohio State will benefit from having several top offensive minds on staff, and if they can find a better coordinator than Herman, LOOK OUT. Keeping the defense at championship level is a key for future success, but dropping the Covered Wagon on offense will produce the most on-field improvement. Having Herman tutoring Braxton Miller and future quarterbacks cannot be over-emphasized. He scored points at Iowa State with players that are MAC-level talents, yet Herman had to go against Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and the like. He will love playing with the offensive toys Urban Meyer will provide him with.

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