With two full recruiting classes now signed, we thought it would be interesting to look at Urban Meyer’s recruiting at Ohio State and compare it to what he did at some of his previous stops. Some trends emerged we think you will find interesting.
Note: This is only players who have committed and signed since Meyer was announced as head coach, so the players who committed prior to his hiring are excluded. One exception – Brionte Dunn, who recommitted to Meyer in December 2012.
Urban Meyer has signed the No. 1 recruiting class in the Big Ten in all three of his Februarys as head coach of the Buckeyes.
Meyer’s three recruiting classes have averaged the No. 3 ranking in the nation. He averaged No. 8 at Florida.
Georgia was his No. 1 out-of-state destination for recruits at Florida. That has not changed early in his time with the Buckeyes, although Georgia must share the distinction with Texas. Both states have produced four Meyer Ohio State recruits. Georgia also led the way in out-of-state players Meyer signed as head coach at Bowling Green with eight.
Defensive line has produced the most Meyer recruits at Ohio State with 12. There have been 10 offensive linemen, nine linebackers and seven wide receivers (as well as one player listed as a WR/RB).
As was the case with his predecessor Jim Tressel, Meyer has leaned most heavily on Northeast Ohio for his in-state recruits with 15 coming from that part of the state. Five have come from Southwest Ohio with three from Central Ohio and one from Northwest Ohio.
The 24 Ohioans to commit and sign since Meyer took over have come from 17 different cities: Cleveland (5), Akron (3), Canton (2), Cincinnati, Columbus, Vandalia, Trotwood, Toledo, Shaker Heights, New Albany, Middletown, Massillon, Lancaster, Elyria, Cleveland Heights, Centerville and Austintown.
In three years at Ohio State, Meyer has already surpassed the total number of states he found signees at Florida. He has hit 18 states for the Buckeyes after finding future Gators in 16 states during his six years at Florida. In only two years at Bowling Green, Meyer signed players from 10 different states.
The Ohio natives have come from 19 different high schools with Cleveland Glenville (4) and Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary (2) the only ones accounting for multiple players.
58.6 percent of the players to commit and sign or recommit and sign with Ohio State since Meyer became head coach have come from outside Ohio. At Florida, 58.7 percent of his recruits were from Florida.
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