Urban keeps the talent faucet on full blast as the top recruits in the country commit to Columbus.


Urban Meyer’s squads are always built strong on both sides of the ball and his recruiting class of 2017, dubbed the #Select17 doesn’t look any different.  After having lost to Penn State last night I thought it would a be good time to remind OSU fans why it’s so easy to stay optimistic in Columbus, OH. 

Defense

It’s a well established fact that a disproportionate amount of the best players in the country come from a few different states – Texas, California and Florida – so it speaks volumes when you’re the #2 ranked recruit from one of those football hubs.  And that’s precisely where Rivals has placed defensive back, Shaun Wade on their list for 2017. 

Shaun Wade

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Position: Cornerback

Hometown: Jacksonville, FL

School: Trinity Christian

Height: 6’2”

Weight: 179lbs

Rating: 5 star

The Ohio State University fans expect only the best when it comes to football, so they needn’t worry, because they also got the number 1 overall player in Florida, WR Trevon Grimes.  

Getting both the best defensive and offensive player in Florida should make you feel fortunate that your head coach won a couple championships for the Gators before heading north to Columbus, OH.  

Urban’s time in Florida was time well spent.  He’s built a priceless pipeline of talent that’s being funneled into the Horseshoe just in time for the re-emergence of Michigan football.  The only two coaches who can stop Harbaugh from running the table and winning a championship is Urban Meyers and Nick Saban.  

So, Urban did what Urban does best – he stacked his team with top shelf talent that you can only find in the talent hubs – hubs he’s conveniently coached in. Consequentially,  he’s in the unique position to be able to bring those connections to his next destination.

 I consider Utah close enough to Bishop Gorman to credit his time out west, time well spent building recruiting pipelines that will continue to pay off until he retires.  And this year it landed him Tate Martell and Bubba Bolden.  Born champions who never crack under pressure and know how to win football games almost as well as Meyer does.

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The Horseshoe in Columbus, OH has a record attendance of 108,975 (11/21/15 versus Michigan State)

Offense

It’s hard being a champion, very few people know what it takes to win a national title and perhaps that’s why Urban went out to Nevada to meet with Tate.  Being the  quarterback from Bishop Gorman, the presumed national champions of high school football puts him on a short list of talent.  A rather select list of 17 star athletes.

Tate is a clutch, duel threat QB that’s 17-0 against nationally ranked opponents. He’s born winner and a natural fit for Ohio State.  It’s no wonder he chose the Buckeyes to be the next team he leads to a national title. 

Tate Martell

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Position: Quarterback

Hometown: Las Vegas

School: Bishop Gorman

Height: 5’11”

Weight: 203lbs

Rating: 4 star

The nation’s top teams fly out to Vegas to try their luck against Tate & Co., but the house always wins.  Now all they have to do is win their in state schedule,  which shouldn’t be hard for a team that hasn’t lost to an in-state opponent since 2007. 

So fear not Buckeye fans.  You may of lost to Penn State, but you’re not out of the playoffs yet and good things are right around the corner for you.


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