Ohio State Football Recruiting: Urban Meyer Building an Elite D-Line at OSU

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Ohio State Football Recruiting: Urban Meyer Building an Elite D-Line at OSU
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College football coaches all over the country will tell you that the key to winning a National Championship is a dominant defensive line. Flat out. There is hardly anything more valuable in football than being able to completely own the trenches, free up your linebackers and, probably most importantly, wreak havoc on the opposing quarterback.

A supreme defensive line can nullify a productive running back or a seasoned quarterback. They can force the offense into poor situations and make a major impact on 3rd-and-short or 3rd-and-long.

Maybe most importantly, they make the jobs of linebackers and the secondary almost effortless, and they can really sway the defense's performance in their favor quite easily. 

According to Tony Gerdeman of TheOzone.net, "Urban Meyer has signed 20% of Rivals' 5-Star defensive linemen since 2008, despite missing an entire year."

This is a mind-boggling stat that proves how much stress Meyer really puts on the defensive line. Despite only having a few months to round up his first recruiting class at OSU, Meyer managed to reel in five top D-line prospects, including two 5-star defensive ends.

This early in the recruiting process of the 2013 class, the new head honcho in Columbus has already landed three highly touted defensive linemen, including one of the best defensive ends in the country in Joey Bosa. 

Pair these big-time defensive linemen recruits with solid linebackers and impressive secondary prospects, and opposing offenses won't stand a chance. Meyer is purposely bringing in the perfect amount of size, athleticism and depth on the defensive line that has won the SEC countless National Championships in the past decade.

Buckeye fans are all too familiar with the dominant defensive linemen Meyer likes to field. Remember the 2007 National Championship? That elite defensive front made Troy Smith's life a living hell and made it almost impossible to perform anything on offense.

Although Buckeye Nation still feels the pain of that missed opportunity, the future is certainly bright knowing that we now have Meyer on our side, and superior defensive linemen will be chasing opposing quarterbacks all over the place in scarlet and gray.

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