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Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer had a weekend of recruiting and recreation.

Ohio State can’t stop landing football recruits, comparing Chris Holtmann to Archie Miller and more

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Today is Monday, June 12, and it’s time to Wake Up Sloopy.


Ohio State closes in on No. 1 recruiting class

Ohio State recruiting just can’t be stopped.

The Buckeyes picked up recruit No. 13 in the class of 2018 on Sunday when 3-star running back Master Teague committed. His pledge moved them to just fractionally shy of the No. 1 spot in the 247 Sports composite team rankings. Miami (Fla.), with four more commitments than the Buckeyes, holds the tiniest of leads.

As you can see, Ohio State has more 5-star commitments than the rest of the top six schools combined. With an average player rating of 95.23, Ohio State holds a commanding lead in that department. No. 1 Miami (Fla.) averages 91.89 per commit and No. 3 Texas averages 93.94.

Because of that, the Buckeyes are positioned to finish with the nation’s No. 1 class in 2018. They’ll have to get to that spot to begin with, but all signs point to that happening, given their tremendous run of success of late.

Chris Holtmann vs. Archie Miller

Ohio State will meet its new coach Monday morning when Chris Holtmann is introduced at an 11 a.m. news conference.

However, it’s not hard to imagine a world in which it would be Archie Miller accepting the job in Columbus. The former Dayton coach had been presumed since the 2013-14 season  when he eliminated his former boss Matta and employer Ohio State in the NCAA Tournament — to be the heir apparent to Matta. Instead, the timing never worked out. His star rose faster than Matta’s fell, and the Indiana job came open while Ohio State stuck with Matta.

Three months later, Ohio State moved on from Matta and turned to Holtmann. So how do the two compare? Marcus Hartman at the Dayton Daily News took a look at Miller vs. Holtmann.

I’m sure many will wonder what might have been with Archie Miller, who is the closest thing out there to what Thad Matta was when Ohio State hired him in 2004 — the young, up-and-coming ‘it’ coach everyone in the country knows about thanks to a surprising Elite Eight run.

Holtmann is older and doesn’t have the same name recognition, but it’s safe to say both are on the upswing.

If Miller is this decade’s Matta, Holtmann is probably Matta Lite.

I haven’t watched Butler closely enough to have a feel for what he is like as a coach, but there’s no overlooking the importance of getting the best players into your gym.

If there’s an area in which you want to have an advantage at the Power 5 level in college basketball, recruiting might as well be it. At the elite level, stockpiling and maintaining talent is imperative. Were it not for a recent spate of misses on the recruiting trail, Matta might still be coaching Ohio State. Given that, it could bode well for Ohio State that it ended up with the coach who has the better recruiting track record.

 

Urban Meyer had an action-packed weekend

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer had a pretty eventful weekend.

Meyer was in Miami on Saturday for a recruiting camp hosted by Florida International.

One day later, he hit Tampa for a camp hosted by South Florida and his former assistant Charlie Strong, now the coach there.

After a recruiting-filled weekend, Meyer got back in time to catch the end of Buckeye Country Superfest. He spent some time with Kenny Chesney and former Ohio State quarterback Kirk Herbstreit. During the show, Chesney apparently invited Herbstreit, Meyer and former Ohio State coach John Cooper to come on stage.

Not a bad way to spend 48 hours if you can make it happen.

B1G happenings

• Nebraska has been pouring way more money into recruiting.

• Penn State added a 4-star defensive end to its class of 2018.

• Michigan State tells Cassius Peat not to come back.

• What Nebraska’s summer conditioning is really like.

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