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Urban Recruiting Article: "We are killing it for 2013"

  • These players haven't been warriors in a long time, but this offseason will make them warriors. This man is going to do things at OSU that many of us only hoped possible. clap

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    I'm making this up as I go along.

  • Can we all agree to STOP calling Coach Meyer UM its too close to a letter combination that makes me want to vomit.

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    I'm making this up as I go along.

  • HoneyUrban, jeezzzzzzzzz.

    GO BUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • You have interpreted my remarks as critical. Go read them again. They were fairly neutral. I was just saying that there was a football, a team purpose to Meyer's remarks. He has been completely open about the fact that he intends to remake this team by applying pressure. by breaking players on the team down and eventually building them up.

    I contend his public statements are a strategic part of that. (Just like Tressel's public remarks were a strategic part of his approach to the team.) His statements are saying the current team is not good enough and that freshman will compete for playing time.

    Sounds like pressure to me.

    There is too much to do right now for Meyer to waste time on things that don't further his goals at OSU.

  • I think it is a style thing this Tress vs Urb stuff. Tress seemed to have a cerebral approach to his motivating his players. Urb basically is saying lay your cranks out on the table and the biggest ones are going to star in the movie. The best are going to play, that's it. All of this gushing over this years d line haul better be stoking the coals of Hale, Farris, Hayes and Miller and I think they are going to fight like crazy to get into the rotation next year.

  • HoneyUrban don't care what you think!

  • Reading this article and listening to Coach Meyer talk the last few weeks has really opened my eyes about Tressel and his staff, mostly Bollman. I have always thought that Ohio State should always be a top 5 program in the country. I know Tress won alot of games, beat the crap out of the team up north, won numerous B10 titles and played in 3 NC games. I think he won more with less talent than Coach Cooper had and I give him credit for that. I think he was great for the university and turning around the football program to where it should be year in and year out.
    Having said all that and knowing 90% of the schools around the country would accept that, I now know this scandal was the best thing to happen to OSU. We would be "stuck" with Tressel and his archaic offensive philosophy, Bollman's incompetent offensive line recruiting and teaching and always failing to get that elite playmaker year after year and using him correctly. Coach Meyer made a great point yesterday on the call in show after his presser. He said we might have 6 speed guys that make plays but we need 12. I think that statement says it all. I think back to the Florida NC game when Ginn got hurt. All we heard from the staff and players was the game plan involved alot of Ginn and when he got hurt it changed everything. Well that won't happen with this team and we won't hear those type of excuses.
    Coach meyer and this staff will have depth on top of depth.No more seniority plays and we like to redshirt about half our class. That crap is gone and I love it! Sometimes change is tough and happens in strange ways. Tressel would have been here another 10 years at least and we would have had success and may have gone to another NC game because we play in an average conference and ran the table. We couldn't have written a better script the way this turned out.


  • this interview should be in song form, because it's music to my ears!

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    "Sorry about that, I meant to high five your face!"

  • well, i certainly didn't intend to come across as naive....

    i also did not mean to imply that tressel was a liar to the press, only that meyer is so much more forthcoming with his actual thoughts. of course meyer is broadcasting a message with a purpose; i have no problem with that. if you are able to detect all the BS in meyer's words that is fine, but they sure read more directly and simply to me than what JT used to say.

  • Damn! Good interview, it all starts with the questions. Those were some good questions, and awesome answers. Love it!

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  • Loved his comments about Marcus. Sounds like he was a real steal for this class.

  • I believe there was a comment made by someone close to the staff that said Tressel held all that together and that after he left, some coaches basically stopped working. Bollman looks to be one that just said phvck it.

    "The only thing That Team Up North will be tasting this year is the salty tears of defeat" - UFM

  • It is amazing what happens when the University opens up the purse strings and pays top dollars for top of the line assistants. Tress did amazing with what he was given to work with. Can't wait to see what Urban can do now.

    The Coach is dead... Long live the Coach!!!

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  • Q&A: Ohio State coach Urban Meyer
    February, 2, 2012
    Feb 22:12PM ETEmailPrintComments11By Brian BennettUrban Meyer hasn't coached a game yet at Ohio State, but his impact on the Big Ten has already been massive.

    Though he was only hired in late November, Meyer managed to put together an impressive first recruiting class that ESPN ranked as the sixth-best in the country. Several players in the class were at one time committed to other league schools. The Buckeyes put together one of the best groups of defensive linemen in the country as well.

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    New Ohio State coach Urban Meyer made an immediate impact on the recruiting trail.I caught up with Meyer on Thursday morning to talk about the class, whether there's such a thing as a "gentleman's agreement" in recruiting, and how he expects his recruits to see the field right away.

    Did you expect to sign a class this highly rated, given how little time you had to put it all together?

    Urban Meyer: I think it exceeded expectations a little, especially on the D-line. If you had told me in December that we would get those four defensive linemen in this class and the two offensive tackles ... that's what separated this class I think, from being pretty good to being really good.

    The class is heavy on the defensive and offensive lines. How much of that was need-based and how much of was just that's what you need to build a foundation?

    UM: I think anytime you get a premiere guy like Noah Spence, he knows that we need him. That's the way it is nowadays. Kids want to go somewhere where there's a need. The same with the two offensive tackles, Taylor Decker and Kyle Dodson. We just don't have those body types right now in our program, and they know that. We made that real clear. Their opportunity to play is going to be real quick here.

    How did you go about evaluating what you needed in recruiting when you hadn't seen the players on the current roster much in person?

    UM: Well, that's where Luke Fickell and Mike Vrabel and Stan Drayton and when Taver Johnson was here, they were the ones [who helped]. Then when I went out to watch practice, I just walked out on the practice field and just kind of watched for a second, and I could tell our offensive line didn't look the way we needed them to look. I could tell we were short on pass-rushers off the edge. And then linebackers. So those are the three areas that we had to get just to be functional. So we attacked it as hard as we could and it all came together.

    What do you like about the three big defensive linemen in this class -- Noah Spence, Adolphus Washington and Se'Vonn Pittman?

    UM: Well, number one is they're competitors. They're very high-character guys. To have three guys like that with high character who are very good people, I hate to say that's hard to come across, but it is. And they're all different body types. You've got Noah Spence, who's the pure speed guy coming off the edge, relentless effort. Then you've got Adolphus Washington, who's very thick, lower body and more power. And then you've got Se'Von Pittman, who's a little bit of both. So they all complement each other.

    In your experience, and understanding every player is different, how long does it take players with that talent level to make an impact on the field?

    UM: We're going to rotate them right away. We don't redshirt here at Ohio State. We're changing that up. We're going to have the culture out here that there's no redshirting. If you don't play here, it's because you're not good enough. It's not because we're holding you back. We're going to recruit the kind of player where we want them on the field right now. That's the approach we took at Florida, and it's the approach we're going to take here.

    Is the same thing true with offensive linemen? People say that's the position where it takes guys longer to develop.

    UM: Well, Maurkice Pouncey jumped right into it [at Florida], started every game, and in three years he went to the NFL. So if you're recruiting, you lay it out there for them. Usually, linemen take a little longer, but we've played with some young players before.

    You mentioned Wednesday that you're not happy with the speed at the offensive skill positions. You're not necessarily done with this class, but was that just not out there for you this year, or is it more of a priority going forward?

    UM: Yeah, we're not happy where we're at with our speed and skill on offense. I don't know what we have. I saw on film and looked at the stats, and you would say from statistical analysis and just evaluation that we're not very good at all. But I'm going to give them the benefit of the doubt and see what happens in spring practice and evaluate them in the offseason, which starts Monday. But we're not where we need to be, by a long shot.

    When you learned about the bowl ban, was there a time when you thought this class wouldn't come together nearly as well as it did?

    UM: Oh yeah. Devastated. I would say, panic button in December. Absolutely.

    What does it tell you about the players who decided to sign with you anyway?

    UM: It tells you about the power of this program, too. I mean, Ohio State is Ohio State. It's the most powerful alumni base in the country. It's one of the great stadiums in the history of college football. A great tradition and a great city. So there are so many strengths about it that obviously overcame the negative hit we took.

    Is recruiting in the Midwest and primarily vs. Big Ten schools different than recruiting in the SEC? The SEC has a reputation of being more ruthless.

    UM: A little bit, but it's hard for me to articulate that. It was a little bit different, but there is still a lot of intense recruiting that goes on up north, as well.

    There were a couple of coaches who criticized you for recruiting players who had committed to their schools. I liked the way you answered that question on Wednesday. Is there ever such a thing as a gentleman's agreement in recruiting, or is that a phony thing?

    UM: Actually, Will Muschamp and I talked about that, about if a guy is previously committed. Up here, I was hired, and we covered our state and said to players, "Would you be interested?" We had one or two that said they would be interested, and others recruited us. Se'Von Pittman and Taylor Decker came after us.

    Coming in as a new head coach at a program, would you even be doing your job if you didn't check in on those recruits?

    UM: You've got a responsibility to your home state. Absolutely. There's not a coach in America who's not going to do that, not going to check his own state. You take a job, you're going to check your in-state players to see if they're interested. And if they are, then come on now, let's talk about it. And if they're not ... The young man up at St. Edward [offensive lineman Kyle Kalis, who signed with Michigan] we asked. He said, "I'm solid, I'm good." We said, "Good luck," and we moved on. I didn't call him again.

    Could you get a sense of how much just having a coach in place and some stability at Ohio State, as well as your background, helped recruits change their mind?

    UM: I think any time there's instability, that causes anxiety for a recruit. So I know with Se'Von Pittman, his comment to me was, "I always wanted to be a Buckeye. I just wanted it to be stable."

    There are going to be lingering questions about your health, energy level, etc. Recruiting takes a lot of energy and time. How did you feel out there recruiting again, with all the time and travel it required?

    UM: Oh, it was great. Great. No issue at all.

    Jamal Marcus was a signing-day addition for you, and you talked about how he blew you away on tape. You really didn't know anything about him before that?

    UM: That was one of those Christmas presents I unwrapped when they showed me the highlight video. I mean, he's as good as I've seen on a highlight video. Then you meet the kid and he's a beautiful kid, great family. Everett Withers identified him and brought him up. It's almost a shame to say this, but the first time I shook his hand and even talked to him was when he got on campus. And he blew us away.

    He's been listed some places as a linebacker, others as a defensive end ...

    UM: Oh, he's a linebacker. Linebacker all the way.

    What are the priorities now for you over the next month or so before spring practice begins?

    UM: We have a bunch of new coaches, a completely new offensive scheme. So the next month, the priority is to get around our players, get to know them with the new coaches. And No. 2 is to install an offense and defense, and make sure everybody is on the same page, so when we hit March we're up and running.

    I talked with offensive coordinator Tom Herman recently, and he said he'd be blending the offense with your philosophies. How is that going on right now?

    UM: That's all we're doing. I've hired some very good coaches, very successful coaches. We have a system I have great belief in, but I use the term enhance. If we can enhance our system, we will. And so far we have. It's going very well.

    What kind of reports have you gotten from strength coach Mickey Marotti on how offseason workouts are going?

    UM: Good. But we haven't really hit it hard yet. We've been kind of introduced to our offseason program. I meet with Mickey nonstop. Constant evaluation. But so far, it's mostly just been indoctrination. On Monday, it starts for real.

    How much help has Luke Fickell been in this entire transition process?

    UM: Well, there's no agenda with him. He has a true passion and love for Ohio State, and he's a very quality football coach and family man. It's a perfect fit, and his stability and relationships really helped us.

    How much are you working on the 2013 class right now?

    UM: Oh, we're killing it. We're all over it.

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