The pundits nationwide are praising the current crop of soon-to-be football freshman at Ohio State in 2012, but the man who snatched the previously plagued program from the depths of its temporary residence in pigskin purgatory, Urban Meyer, offers perspective to the multitudes:
Of course, a man with a little money in the bank can always play the modesty game with the guile that Meyer has exuded thus far in his OSU tenure, but the reality is that these players remain paper prospects only until they fill the ranks behind a charging Meyer onto the field for the first time this coming September.
The swiftness in transformation out of the murky residue left behind by the Jim Tressel era would have seemed an unmanageable channel to navigate for many, yet Meyer emerged with a class that has been rated as high as No. 4 in the nation by Rivals.com.
Just as Meyer's abilities to resurrect the program will be heavily weighted, so too will his abilities as a recruiter. Thus, here is a comparative sampling of a handful of stellar recruiting classes at OSU in addition to the current crop.