There's no question the Ohio State Buckeyes have been rocked by a recent, unexpected scandal when a registered sex offender and a fan of the school was seen on campus and interacting with top recruits.
Already, several potential Buckeyes have changed their minds and it's becoming a bad situation for Urban Meyer's team and the program as a whole.
Despite all that, I don't see any reason why Ohio State is being so maligned for what happened. I certainly don't think it should change the overall stature of the program, let alone a storied team like the Buckeyes football team.
Here are some reasons why Ohio State football is still a top choice for recruits across the country.
Meyer is one of the best coaches in college football, if not the best. He's won two national championships with the Florida Gators and it's now off to a fresh, but clearly difficult start with his new team in Ohio.
That doesn't change the fact that Meyer is about as great a mentor to young men and more specifically, football players, as there is in the sport. The future Hall of Fame coach will always have a competitive and championship-ready team every year.
If anyone can get the Buckeyes back to their winning ways after some years of difficulties, it's a guy like Meyer who has the ability to build programs from the ground up into one of the nation's elite.
Ohio State's name recognition is unmistakable and its national exposure means the Buckeyes are in any and every conversation about college football on a regular basis.
If you're a young recruit with aspirations of making it to the NFL by way of the draft, you couldn't get a better stage to prove your skills to scouts than with the Buckeyes.
The prestige of the program also carries a certain respect with it and the historic nature of Ohio State's football team adds credibility to any potential NFL player's resumé by itself.
If you want to get noticed, Ohio St. is the perfect place to get that done.
Nothing Has Changed
Just because of this senseless scandal, Ohio St. might have gotten somewhat of a black eye. While I understand the anger and overreaction of it all, it shouldn't diminish what Ohio St. has been all about for a long time now.
Sure, they've had their fair share of scandals the past few seasons, but the Buckeyes are still a part of a storied program and a school that is near the top in the nation as far as academics are concerned.
That means you aren't only at an advantage as a recruit athletically, but more importantly, academically as well.
Future students and recruits shouldn't be deterred by what has taken place in recent years. A few bad things shouldn't ruin the overall view of Ohio St.