‘They Stay Coming At You’

Whether they like it or not, coaches keep coming after committed recruits.

When Kierre Hawkins stepped on Ohio State’s campus Sunday for The Opening Columbus regional camp 225 days had passed since the tight end had committed to play his college football as a Buckeye.

Some might think that once a player like Hawkins commits, in his case in mid-October of last year, the recruiting process is essentially over. Those individuals would be very, very wrong.

Commitment or not, nothing is final in recruiting until a player signs on the dotted line. For Hawkins and others in the class of 2016 the opportunity to sign national letters of intent is still more than eight months away. That means eight more months of hearing from school’s the tight end is no longer interested in trying to change his mind. That can be a frustrating experience, but one top recruits must accept.

“It’s overwhelming because people, they stay coming at you,” he said. “They’re still trying to offer you stuff, they’re trying to tell you things.”

That’s the nature of the beast that is recruiting in 2015 and it’s what forces Urban Meyer and his staff to continue to sell Ohio State to high school players who have already bought in. And the Buckeye staff is certainly engaging in similar behavior, encouraging OSU targets who have verbally committed to go elsewhere to reconsider the Buckeyes.

While Hakwins said some schools have dropped off the radar since he issued his verbal commitment, others continue to chase the 6-4, 220-pound tight end. While he may find it a bit annoying, 2017 offensive line commitment Josh Myers looks at it differently.

“It’s not frustrating or annoying,” said the 2017 five-star prospect. “I enjoy talking to the coaches. I still get recruited quite a bit, maybe not as much as before, but I still have coaches that come and talk to me.

“I would say it’s a compliment.”

Myers can expect plenty more compliments. Because he committed so early in the process more than two years will separate his verbal commitment from the day he can make things official. For now he is enjoying the attention, but it seems possible that at some point the Miamisburg High School star will grow weary of hearing from schools he has no intention to attend.

Myers fellow offensive lineman Michael Jordan, an Ohio State commit in the 2016 class, said that he is attentive to rival coaches out of respect.

“I listen to what they have to say,” the soft spoken, 6-6, 265-pound giant said. “(But) Ohio State is a great place to be and everything lined up academically,” he said before adding that he has no other visits planned at this time.

For Jordan, Myers, Hawkins and all of Ohio State’s verbal commitments, the inquiries from other schools will continue to come, hoping to flip a Meyer commit.

It is what it is as far as Hawkins is concerned, just another mildly annoying part of the recruiting process, though the tight end assured that any coaches outside of Meyer’s staff are simply wasting their time. “I’m strictly Ohio State and there is nothing they can say to change my mind,” he said. “Some of them don’t even talk to me no more and they just leave me alone because they already know.”

In a perfect world maybe they all would know.

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