After inking 25 total recruits with 18 high school seniors officially joining the seven players who enrolled in January, Urban Meyer met with the media on National Signing Day.
The class the Buckeyes signed, one that featured nine in-state recruits and players from 10 additional states, is ranked No. 2. Meyer discussed some of those players, his general thoughts on recruiting and some comments on the state of the program in 2016.
- While the highest-ranked classes don’t always develop the best college players, Meyer is well aware of where his incoming group fits in nationally. “Rankings are important,” he said. “As long as you’re keeping score we like to do the best we can.”
- Meyer added that in the grand scheme of things where this class ranks doesn’t matter and pointed to the development of former three-star Darron Lee into what is expected to be a first round NFL Draft pick.
- The coach said that he saw some parallels between the 2016 class and the 2013 class – the one that featured Lee and helped propel the Buckeyes to the 2014 national championship – but every coach in the country feels good right now. “The next phase of all that is developing. We take great pride in (that). Now the work starts.”
- Meyer made it clear in his opening statement that he is a proponent of beefing up the regulation of recruiting as those policies are for the benefit of the high school player and the high school coach. “Are you thinking about the 17-year-old or 16-year-old instead of the 50-year-old.”
- It’s clear that a point of emphasis in the 2016 class was the secondary after safeties Tyvis Powell and Vonn Bell and cornerback Eli Apple left eligibility on the table in favor of entering the NFL Draft. Meyer and his staff addressed that need by signing five secondary players in the class. Cornerback Jordan Fuller was a player that Meyer pointed to as a kid who should contribute in that area early. The head coach also singled out defensive end Nick Bosa and linebacker Keandre Jones as players that should make early impacts.
- Meyer also had plenty of praise for quarterback Dwayne Haskins. “He is an impact recruit ,”he said of the quarterback .”He will compete for playing time as a true freshman.”
- With a high-caliber quarterback coming in this is an important spring for Stephen Collier, Meyer said. The third-year quarterback has yet to see any significant time and is not mentioned with the same frequency as Joey Burrow, a freshman in 2015. “To get in the mix you’ve got to be pretty good,” Meyer said.
- Meyer showed some surprise when he was told that he will have 45 players on next year’s roster with four years of eligibility remaining, combining the 25 from the 2016 class with the 20 that redshirted last year. “I don’t know that that’s ideal.”
- While the freshman eligibility number caught Meyer off guard, he was clearly pleased when the fact that five Buckeyes are expected to play in the Super Bowl on Sunday. The head coach said that, along with the large number of players anticipated to be NFL Draft picks, are things that the Buckeyes use in recruiting and are very proud of.
- Walk-ons Joe Burger and Craig Fada were awarded scholarships for the spring semester. Meyer confirmed that those scholarships will not carry over to the fall.