Urban Updates: National Signing Day

Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes signed 27 commits Wednesday and the coach spoke about the talented class and what he expects from the future Ohio State players.

On the heels of signing yet another top 10 class of Buckeyes, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer spoke to the media about the 2015 recruiting class Wednesday afternoon.

The Buckeyes signed 27 players, 15 of which were four-star prospects according to Scout.com while 11 were three-star prospects.

Here are the updates from Meyer’s press conference.

  • In his opening statement Meyer said that some of his current players ended up the best recruiters. “Ezekiel Elliott might be our best recruiter and Michael Thomas might be second,” Meyer said.

    Meyer praised Elliott multiple times throughout the day for his efforts in recruiting, specifically on running back Mike Weber, a player originally committed to Michigan. Meyer said “that does not happen without Zeke."

  • In less positive news, Meyer said that a handful of players won’t be back with the program next year. Armani Reeves is likely done due to concussions, Meyer said, while Devan Bogard, Trey Johnson and Ron Tanner. Johnson and Bogard have dealt with knee injuries throughout their career. Meyer did not elaborate on why Tanner was done.

  • Meyer and his staff closed strong on national signing day. The coach said that five players who ended up signing with Ohio State were unknowns as of 11 p.m. Tuesday. Those included Weber, receiver K.J. Hill, offensive lineman Isaiah Prince, quarterback Torrance Gibson and defensive tackle Joshua Alabi.

    "You have eventful and uneventful signing days,” Meyer said. “We had five at 11 o'clock last night that were unsure where they were going and that makes a bad night for us."

    Meyer said he took his phone with him and slept in his daughter’s room to not disrupt the rest of the family.

  • Winning the national championship may have been a difference maker with Hill, Meyer said, though the team will likely see a bigger bump from that in the 2016 class.

  • The first position group that Meyer mentioned were the linebackers. The Buckeyes signed three linebackers in Justin Hilliard, Nick Conner and Jerome Baker. Meyer praised Luke Fickell for getting that position group back to Ohio State’s high standards.

  • Following the linebackers, Meyer addressed the offensive line. Ohio State signed six offensive linemen in the 2015 class. He said he was happy to get the length in that class as all six are at least 6-5 and could project as tackles.

  • Meyer was also pleased with the two quarterbacks the team signed in Joey Burrow and Torrance Gibson. The coach said that Burrow, a player former offensive coordinator Tom Herman said was Meyer’s next Alex Smith, is “right on schedule.”

    On Gibson, Meyer said that he asked the South Florida product to not penalize the Buckeyes for the depth of talent at his position and rather “come compete for a spot.”

  • Meyer said that if it was up to him the recruiting calendar would stay as it is. He said he enjoys recruiting players that he is able to see during their senior year, like defensive tackle Robert Landers this year, because there is less risk for “buyer’s remorse.”

  • With the abundance of talent returning from the title-winning team, Meyer was asked about the chances that many of the 2015 recruiting class crack into the Buckeyes two-deep. The coach said he hopes so because the best thing a kid can have is a talented guy right behind him.

  • The Buckeyes signed Damon Arnette, a defensive back out of St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Meyer said he would gladly take a player out of that talent-rich school ever season.

  • Meyer is always competing with Michigan, he said, and that is no different in recruiting. “We keep score against the rival in everything we do,” he said.

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