Urban Meyer Gets 2013 Class Off to a Great Start with First Commitment
By Tony Gerdeman
With the 2012 recruiting class still weeks away from being completed—and getting better every day—Urban Meyer wasted no time in opening the 2013 class with a big fish.
Cameron Burrows (6-1 195), a cornerback out of Trotwood-Madison in Trotwood, Ohio, became Ohio State's first commitment of the 2013 class, which is still over a year away from its respective Signing Day.
Burrows, ranked a five-star prospect by Rivals, and one of the ten best players in the nation, plans to graduate early and enroll in January of 2013. He chose the Buckeyes over the likes of Alabama, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Stanford and Wisconsin.
He finished the season with 46 tackles, broke up twelve passes and had four interceptions, returning one for an 80-yard touchdown in the playoffs. He also caught eight passes for 198 yards and a touchdown in helping lead his team to a State Championship.
He is the first Trotwood Ram to land at Ohio State since John Lumpkin in the mid-1990s.
Already at 6-1 and nearing 200 pounds as a high school junior, there is a concern that he will outgrow cornerback and eventually move to safety.
"Big cornerbacks are coveted around the nation and at the NFL level because wideouts appear to be getting bigger and bigger," said Rivals' national recruiting analyst Mike Farrell, who believes Burrows can handle playing outside.
"So when you have a prospect like Burrows who has not only height but length in his arms and the ability to cover so much ground easily, he has to be considered an elite prospect. The fact that he's so fluid and athletic at his size is a rarity and he's the type of cornerback who will only add size while maintaining everything else."
As is usually the case in situations like these, it's generally not up to the coach where a player ends up, it's up to the player. Does he continue to grow? Does he continue to put on weight? Does he lose flexibility?
These are all issues that are years away from being resolved, but they are issues that have to be taken into account when a prospect chooses a school. But the potential is clearly there.
"He definitely has what it takes to become an All-American in the class of 2013," recruiting analyst Tom Lemming told CBSSports.com.
"Powerful with great coverage skills, he fills gaps and can turn and run with the best of them. He's active, athletic, and as intense as they come. He needs to get stronger but the rest of his game is already there. He plays big in big games, impresses you with the way he can quickly close on the ball, and has a strong work ethic and leadership skills."
Those leadership skills were evident when Burrows decided to become the first commitment in the 2013 class. It brings with it a responsibility and duty to bring other like-minded individuals into the class with him.
The 2013 class will be Urban Meyer's first full class at Ohio State, and given the way he is closing the current class, and opening the next one, the next twelve months should prove to be very interesting in the Big Ten recruiting world.
Multi-tasking is the name of the game, and Meyer's staff appears to be up to the challenge.
"Recruiting is never over," said wide receivers coach Zach Smith last week. "Once this class (2012) is done, the next class will begin. And really, it already has begun."
And with a bang, to boot.
Burrows is arguably the top junior in the state of Ohio, and if he isn't number one, then that honor would certainly go to Middletown quarterback Jalin Marshall.
Marshall (6-0 190), rated by Scout as a five-star running back, and by 247Sports as a five-star athlete, is set to announce his college choice on January 31st.
Expect Urban Meyer to go two for two on five-star Ohioans in the 2013 class, making the rest of the nation take notice of the new razor wire going up on top of the fence around Ohio.
As well as a sign on the gate that reads, "Enter at your own risk."
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