Two-Minute Drill: Meyer Beaming on Signing Day
By Brandon Castel
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Urban Meyer refused to call his 2012 class a “home run” Wednesday, but Ohio State’s first-year head coach was naturally pleased with the work he and his staff were able to accomplish.
The Buckeyes signed 25 players on National Signing Day—including two public commitments that came in Wednesday with Kyle Dodson and Jamal Marcus joining the class.
We take a look at Meyer’s Signing Day press conference, which included assistants Luke Fickell and Tim Hinton.
Keeping Things Together
- Meyer said Fickell, Mike Vrabel and Stan Drayton were selfless with no agenda in helping them close this class.
- Meyer also praised Mark Pantoni and Greg Gillum for their help putting this class together.
- Meyer: "I had the belief we would not get a bowl ban. When it hits, we have to do damage control for 2 weeks."
- Meyer said his goal was to be out in front of the news. Hinton said they must have done good job because he never heard about it during his month on the recruiting trail.
Oversigned or Undersigned?
- Meyer said he will never oversign. At Florida, he never oversigned and “we're obviously not going to do that here.”
- Meyer said he thinks Ohio State is at 81 scholarships with room for one more (they are restricted to 82 by the NCAA sanctions). Said he would let us know about the other guys who have left the program in the near future.
- Meyer admitted the one thing missing from this class right now is speed at the skill position. "In our offense, we're still lacking that game changer we can hand the ball to, speed wise."
- Without naming names, Meyer said Roger Lewis was not going to be a part of the class before..."I heard something awful happened."
Prize of the Class
- Meyer said the defensive line is the strength of this class and the prize of this recruiting class."
- Meyer said the OSU defense has always been good, but they were down in sacks. Didn't want to have to blitz more.
- Meyer said Se'Von Pittman always wanted to be a Buckeye. Credits Fickell with his recruitment.
- Meyer said other schools tried to dissuade their ends from coming to OSU because they had too many good ones in the class.
- Meyer said he first spoke to Noah Spence the night he was hired. "We accelerated a 1.5 year period into two weeks."
- Meyer said senior Nathan Williams is lifting and training, but still not running.
- Meyer said Josh Perry is doing great. Gained a bunch of weight, which probably means he will be a Leo.
- Fickell on Tommy Schutt: "He's a true inside guy, he doesn't want to hear about the edge."
Filling Need at LB and OL
- Meyer said the area that was their most dire need was the linebacker position.
- He really praised the film of Jamal Marcus, and even said “his highlight video borders on ridiculous.”
- Meyer said he had never heard of Jamal Marcus until two weeks ago, said Everett Withers turned him on to Marcus.
- Meyer on OT Kyle Dodson: "I think we had to have him. I don't think, I know. I would almost trade him for any other player we have.”
- Meyer said it was like God crafted Decker and Dodson just for them. Perfect for what they were looking for.
- Meyer cracked a small smile when he was asked about "flipping" kids.
- Meyer said the only way they recruit kids committed elsewhere is by asking if they were interested. "If they say no, we move on."
- Hinton said they never tried to "flip" anyone. Simply asked if there was interest in Ohio State.
- Meyer said, "Taylor Decker recruiting us. He called us and said he wanted to be a Buckeye."
- Hinton said he didn't recruit Taylor Decker to come to Ohio State until after he had called coach Meyer.
- Meyer talking about Kalis: "We went after a kid up in Cleveland and asked if he was interested and he said no. So we moved on."
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