Ohio State Recruiting: Will the Buckeyes Make a NSD Afternoon Splash?

Stephen UrbaniakCorrespondent IFebruary 1, 2012

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 28:  Urban Meyer speaks to the media after being introduced as the new head coach of Ohio State football on November 28, 2011 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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The new-look Ohio State Buckeyes under Urban Meyer have hit the recruiting trail hard since their season ended, and the NCAA dropped the hammer on them for their role in the "Tattoogate" scandal, where players were trading Buckeyes gear and championship rings for tattoos.

Jim Tressel was dismissed and hit with the five-year NCAA "show-cause" order, and all of the players except Terrelle Pryor, who jumped to the Oakland Raiders, missed significant amounts of time.

All that changed when Urban Meyer was brought aboard.

After snaring 4-star DE Jamal Marcus, to go along with the No. 4 recruit in Noah Spence, the Buckeyes are making a huge statement that they will again be a force to be reckoned with, sooner rather than later.

According to ESPN.com's Recruit Tracker, the Buckeyes currently have the sixth-ranked class so far during national signing day. 

A lot of the recruits that have signed have been committed elsewhere, but when they heard the news that Meyer had been hired, they quickly ditched their previous schools to come to Columbus, to learn from a proven winner in the former Florida coach.

With the NCAA sanctions that will keep them out of the postseason, Urban Meyer is building for the future, to be a force in the Big Ten and in the national title picture as soon as the Buckeyes serve the one-year bowl ban this season as part of their punishment.

After having so much success in the early morning of NSD, the Buckeyes will look to add some more depth on offense to re-stock the cupboard at quarterback, as the combination of Joe Bauserman and Braxton Miller were NOT the answer a season ago.

Look for the Buckeyes to try to steal commitments away from other schools to add to their already solid class.