Urban Meyer will officially announce his retirement as Ohio State football coach on Tuesday.
The move ends one of the greatest coaching tenures in college football history, but the Buckeye program will continue.
The next generation of Ohio State football players will start signing their Letters of Intent on December 19.
While Meyer’s retirement was not a surprise to most, the timing of the announcement was definitely up in the air.
He could have waited until after the Rose Bowl, when the majority of the Buckeyes’ 2019 class would already have signed their Letters of Intent and been locked into the program.
Instead, Meyer announced it more than two weeks before the Early Signing Day.
So what will this mean for the Buckeyes’ 2019 recruiting class?
So far, so good.
Five-star wide receiver Garrett Wilson tweeted that he was still going to be a Buckeye.
I am 1000% committed to Ohio State University. Much love @OSUCoachMeyer
— Garrett Wilson (@GarrettWilson_V) December 4, 2018
Three-star running back Marcus Crowley agreed.
— Marcus Crowley (@marcus_2334) December 4, 2018
Four-star quarterback commit Dwan Mathis
People-You still committed
— DwanM (@DwanM3) December 4, 2018
Four-star wide receiver commit Jameson Williams
I’m Solid ! 100% #GoBucks ?
— juiceman (@1of1juiceman) December 4, 2018
Most recruits have not tweeted about the change yet – they’re all at school this morning, of course. But several did have in-home visits Monday night.
Four-star safety Ronnie Hickman
Great home visit with @OSUCoachSchiano. Excited about my future as a buckeye! #GoBucks?⭕️ pic.twitter.com/beKaHoD91d
— Ronnie Hickman (@asvprocket_) December 4, 2018
Four-star 2020 quarterback Jack Miller
100% Committed #GoBucks
— Jack Miller (@jackjamesmiller) December 4, 2018
Four-star 2020 wide receiver commit Jaxon Smith-Njigba
O-H! The train keeps moving ?
— Jaxon Smith-Njigba (@jaxon_smith1) December 4, 2018
Four-star 2020 safety Lejond Cavazos has decommitted, but will still be considering Ohio State moving forward.
We will continue to update this post as more recruits weigh in on the news.
Need Larry Johnson to stay
I wasn’t really concerned with this crop of recruits: Urban announcing as early as he did definitely helped. Also think it was smart not to announce before The Game and the B1G. This would have been a huge distraction.
How next year’s team performs will be the determining factor in how well we recruit going forward.
It will also depend on who Ryan Day hires for his assistant coaches or who he keeps from Urban Meyer’s group of coaches.
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