Ohio State football: What’s driving Buckeyes’ success on the recruiting trail?
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Why is Ohio State so far ahead in recruiting for 2018 (and why are AL MICH doing so poorly)?
— Dr. Timothy Furnish (@Occidentaljihad) December 13, 2017
Just in case there was anybody concerned that Ohio State’s recruiting success was slowing down, Urban Meyer and his staff emphatically erased those doubts with a Tuesday tandem of elite targets offering commitments. And just like that, the Buckeyes on Tuesday solidified their chances of finishing with the nation’s top-ranked recruiting class with the early signing period set to open next week.
So, why has Ohio State been so successful putting together this group? I’m not sure there’s just one way to explain it, which I suppose is a big part of the answer.
Any top-shelf recruit with plans to head to the NFL has to notice the pipeline the Buckeyes provide to the next level, and it’s an even easier sell when players such as Michael Thomas or Marshon Lattimore turn into stars almost immediately when they get to the next level. It’s no secret Ohio State makes that a part of the pitch, and while Alabama and Michigan can both do the same in some respects, right now the hottest brand in that department is the one with Meyer’s signature on it.
Of course, there are way more factors that go into this process, and at the moment Ohio State has everything trending in the right direction to put together what is shaping up to a special group. It has had relatively stable continuity with the position coaches, which helps to build early relationships and clear expectations of the situation a player will be in once he arrives on campus. The Real Life Wednesdays program has been a major hit with players and families alike, and after a few years it has grown and become more appealing. And, obviously, the Buckeyes are winning a lot of games, competing for championships every year ― and drawing some of the biggest crowds in the nation both in person at the Horseshoe and on television.
Right now, it has to be hard to say no to the Buckeyes. And that’s one surefire way to build a class that is in line to finish No. 1 in the country.