COLUMBUS, Ohio — With 8 major championships between the two, it should come as no surprise that Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer and the New England Patriots’ Bill Belichick share ideas with one another.
But the latest philosophy Meyer has adopted from the reigning Super Bowl champion is one he’s applying to an area of his job Belichick doesn’t have to worry about: the recruiting trail. It’s an approach that stems from Belichick’s ability to develop lesser-heralded players.
“I’m always amazed how he takes these non-stars and makes them stars. He takes these players that you haven’t really heard much about and all of a sudden they’re making great plays in the biggest games of the year,” Meyer said while introducing Belichick as the keynote speaker at the Ohio State coaches clinic on Thursday.
“I started asking him about it and he made this point to me and I shared it with our team. He said, ‘At this point in my career, I want to coach guys I like. I want to coach guys I want to be around and that’s it.’ He said, ‘I’m not going to coach anybody else.'”
Both Meyer and Belichick pointed to Nate Ebner as an example of such player. A former walk-on at Ohio State, Ebner was selected by the Patriots in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL Draft and has since won 2 Super Bowls in his 5-year NFL career.
A 3-time national champion in his own right, Meyer said he plans on adapting Belichick’s newfound philosophy to the Buckeyes’ approach in recruiting.
“He surrounds himself with players who he likes to coach,” Meyer said. “That’s a life lesson for me when I go out and recruit now and when I talk to our players. I’m at a point in my career where it’s the same thing. I want to be around people I like to coach. That’s the selfless, tough individuals that will help your team win.”
You can see Meyer’s comments on Belichick’s philosophy and the 5-time Super Bowl champion head coach’s own thoughts on the subject in the video above.