New Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer has made little secret of the importance he puts on recruiting. He has already made contact with numerous high-profile recruits in a little more than a week on the job, and many have been eager to hear what he has to say.
He has another two months to build on the groundwork laid by Luke Fickell and the rest of the previous staff, and many in Buckeye Nation are excited to see what future stars he can reel in.
BuckeyeSports.com will have news on every move Ohio State makes in recruiting between now and signing day in February, but first we bring you a numerical view at the work Meyer did at his previous stops in Bowling Green, Utah and Florida.
(For a similar look at Jim Tressel's recruiting habits at Ohio State, click here.)
Meyer signed the top recruiting class in the country in 2007 and again in 2010
Meyer’s six Florida recruiting classes (2005-10) averaged a 3.3 ranking in the SEC. That includes the top class in the conference in 2006, ’07 and ’10.
Nearly half of Meyer’s 138 Florida signees were ranked as four-star prospects by Scout.com: 64, or 46.4 percent.
31 of the future Gators were five-star prospects, or 22.5 percent.
Meyer jump-started his recruiting efforts at Utah by signing six junior college players and two transfers in 2004. That recruiting class also had players from six different states: California, Texas, Hawaii, Utah, Arizona and Wyoming.
Although he was only at Bowling Green in 2001 and ’02, Meyer was able to spread his influence quickly. Falcon signees those two years came from 15 different cities in Ohio and eight states: Ohio, California, Michigan, Georgia, Maryland, Florida, Illinois and Alaska.
Meyer’s six Florida classes averaged a No. 8 ranking in the nation
In Gainesville, he signed eight players listed as quarterbacks and eight running backs. Jeff Demps, who was listed as an athlete, became a ninth running back.
Meyer signed players from 16 states while coaching the Gators: Florida (81), Georgia (12), California (eight), Texas (6), Alabama (5), Maryland (4), three apiece from Connecticut, New Jersey, North Carolina and South Carolina, two apiece from New York, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Indiana and one each from Illinois and Kentucky.
He signed 19 wide receivers at Florida and six tight ends.
Twenty offensive linemen signed with Florida from 2005-10. That includes four five-stars, nine four-stars, six three-stars and one two-star player. He also signed 20 linebackers and 22 defensive linemen.
A total of 22 Ohioans received scholarship offers from Florida from 2005-11 but none signed with the Gators. Among those on the list were eventual Buckeyes Robby Schoenhoft, Lawrence Wilson, Connor Smith, Justin Boren, Robert Rose, Mike Adams, Jake Stoneburner, Braxton Miller and Michael Bennett.
Florida averaged 23 signees per year at Florida. He never signed more than 27 and had two classes in the teens. A study by Oversigning.com covering 2002-2010 found every school in the SEC averaged at least 24 signees per year with the exception of Vanderbilt, Georgia and Florida.
Meyer signed more defensive backs than any other position – 25. That figure does not include Jonathan Dowling, who was listed as a wide receiver or defensive back when Florida signed him.
Not surprisingly, a majority of Meyer’s Florida recruits came from the Sunshine State. The 81 signees represent 58.7 percent of the total.
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