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Urban Meyer addresses negative recruiting
Ohio State has fought some tough battles on the recruiting trail this year, and the Buckeyes’ pursuit of some top-flight defensive ends has been dogged by rumors that defensive line coach Larry Johnson Sr. might be close to retirement.
The situation progressed to the point where Johnson felt compelled to put out a statement saying that he was happy at Ohio State and didn’t plan on leaving anytime soon.
— Larry A. Johnson (@R2X_Rushmen1) December 15, 2017
Ohio State is still in the hunt for a pair of 4-star defensive ends who will announce Jan 4: Tyreke Smith and Jayson Oweh. On Thursday at the Cotton Bowl coaches news conference, Meyer elaborated on what led Johnson to directly refute those rumors.
“Larry is fantastic,” Meyer said. “And when a coach talks — when schools go talk about your staff or other things, I don’t understand that. That’s something we don’t do. We have plenty to sell. I didn’t even know when that was going on because I don’t get involved in that. But when he came to me and said, ‘I need to do this’ or because some school is using this against me, first of all, I’m like, ‘Really? So they all now know your career plans?’
“I’d love to be that parent because if my kids were recruited where someone comes in my home and starts talking about Clay Helton, I’m like, ‘What are you talking about? You don’t know the man.’ I felt like I was not involved in that when Larry said that. Sure, go ahead, Larry, and do what you got to do. We support you 100 percent.”
Matthew Baldwin explains plan for knee rehab
As Land of 10 reported Saturday, Ohio State signee Matthew Baldwin will be enrolling early after taking some extra high school exams.
That’s big news on two fronts. First, it will allow him to acclimate to college and familiarize himself with his teammates and coaches six months earlier than he would otherwise. Because of those benefits, every quarterback Ohio State has signed under Meyer has enrolled early. But there’s a second benefit for Baldwin, who unfortunately injured his knee in the Texas playoffs and then re-injured it in the state championship game. Heading to Ohio State now means that the Buckeyes’ doctors are the ones charged with repairing Baldwin’s knee.
“They said they want to take care of it,” Baldwin told Cleveland.com on Wednesday. “If it did require surgery, they want to do the surgery.”
Because he’s waiting for Ohio State’s doctors to evaluate the knee, the full extent of the injury is unclear. But the good news is that cramming in some extra classes to be able to graduate early has put Baldwin on the path to take advantage of the tremendous resources and medical care afforded to the Ohio State football team.
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