Meyer, Herman, Happy to Have Collier
By Patrick Murphy
It used to be simple. A college football program would evaluate quarterback recruits in person. This is the way it was for Urban Meyer.
"You have to at quarterback,” Meyer said. “We need to see you throw a football to take you.”
In today’s fast-paced recruiting world however, there is hardly time to see a high school player before extending an offer.
“Nowadays kids are committing so early, sometimes you don't get that opportunity,” Meyer continued. “So we've had to adjust our philosophy a little bit.
“Recruiting has moved up so far now. Sometimes we're going to have to adjust, because we're offering quarterbacks now that I don't see throw, and I've never done that before in our career. But you have to, because early offers are out. There's already kids offered right now for next year, which at that position you'd like to have them [in camp]”
Meyer was able to do this with incoming freshman quarterback Stephen Collier. Although not highly recruited – a consensus three star recruit – Collier came to Ohio State’s camp and earned his offer.
At 6’3”, 206 pounds, Collier has ideal size for a quarterback. He may not have overwhelmed the recruiting sites, but he impressed OSU’s coaching staff.
“He took a team, or a high school program that was not very good to be honest with you before he became the starting quarterback… and led them to the playoffs his junior year and then to the best season in school history his senior year, so he's a winner,” offensive coordinator Tom Herman said of Collier.
“He's a very bright young man who comes from a great home, so all the intangibles are there.”
Collier showed more than intangibles when he came to the Buckeye’s camp, he also demonstrated the potential to be an Ohio State quarterback.
“We got him to camp and the ball comes out really quick,” Herman said.
“I think he's got some work to do in terms of his lower body mechanics as they all usually do and we'll get a little more zip on the ball, but the fact that I'm not going to have to re-invent anything up here.”
Meyer agreed with Herman’s assessment of the quarterback out of Georgia.
“He's a development guy a little bit,” he said. “Incredible character guy. Great size. He's here on campus already. Very nice release. He's gotta grow into the position.”
Collier’s decision to enroll early shows his desire to evolve into the passer his coaches envision.
“He's not like you said the Terrell [Pryor] or the Braxton [Miller], but Alex Smith wasn't either. So we saw a lot of attributes to him we thought could turn into a very good player for us, that's why we took him.”
With Miller returning for his senior season and Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett battling for the backup role, Collier has time to mature.
Meyer doesn’t often get a chance to hand pick his quarterbacks, but with Collier this was the case. Now is Collier’s opportunity to verify Meyer’s faith.