BANK Blog: Urban Scorecard

November 28 was the day Urban Meyer was introduced as the head coach at Ohio State, and he plunged head-first into the recruiting world. Meyer has caused quite a stir throughout college football, and his recruiting start has been nothing short of tremendous.

Urban Meyer has been the head coach at Ohio State since November 28, and he has been in the headlines nearly every day since. Meyer's recruiting successes have been legendary, and all indications are he isn't done yet.

The 2012 Ohio State recruiting class was ranked in the Top-20 when Meyer came aboard, and now sits firmly in the number-four spot, with a great chance of overtaking Michigan.

What exactly has Meyer done to jump the Buckeyes in the national recruiting rankings?


Brionte Dunn: Although Dunn was committed to Ohio State since fall of 2010 and goes into the ledger of Jim Tressel, make no mistake about who gets the credit for this one. Before Meyer was hired, Michigan had him starting at tailback in the opener next season, and with good reason. Once Meyer was hired, Dunn's preoccupation with the Wolverines ended rather quickly. Credit Meyer for that totally. STAR RANKING: FIVE.

Tommy Schutt: Ohio State was as far out of the Schutt picture as a school could possibly be, but then the Buckeyes named Meyer as head coach. Within two weeks, Tommy Schutt was a member of the Ohio State 2012 recruiting class. Once the official visit was completed, so was the suspense of where Schutt would be attending college. STAR RANKING: FIVE.

Se'Von Pittman: A Michigan State commit since last summer, Pittman started looking at Ohio State seriously in the fall. Once Meyer took charge, the switch was complete within two weeks. Luke Fickell gets a big assist here, but Meyer slammed it with both hands over Mark Dantonio. Once the player and mom sat down with Meyer, the game was over. STAR RANKING: FOUR.

Noah Spence: The nation's top defensive end, and a player Ohio State had little to zero chance of landing before Meyer's hiring. The night Meyer took the job, contact was initiated, a visit was set up, and the rest was history. Spence committed to Meyer shortly after his official visit, and another five-star recruit was added to the mix. Meyer had shoring up the defensive end position high on his priority list, and walking away with Pittman and Spence, to go with Adolphus Washington, accomplished that goal in a hurry. STAR RANKING: FIVE.

Taylor Decker: Another weekend, another top-rated player flips to the Buckeyes. Decker represented the first shot across the bow in repairing the Buckeye offensive line, which is low on both talent and numbers. He was committed to Notre Dame since last spring, and the hiring of former Irish assistants Ed Warriner and Tim Hinton was the first sign that a change was possible. Decker goes into the mix at Ohio State from the day he arrives on campus, and should be a starter by his second year in the program. STAR RANKING: FOUR.

Joey O'Connor: The commitment of the Under Armour All-America not only adds to depth, but he also becomes a higher-ranked player than most of the offensive line commits in the past two classes. O'Connor was previously committed to Penn State, but opened up his recruitment after the Jerry Sandusky scandal broke in Happy Valley. STAR RANKING: THREE.

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