How Urban Meyer's Legendary Status Impacts Big Ten Recruiting

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIISeptember 7, 2012

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 1:  Head Coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes yells out encouragement to his team during the second quarter against the Miami Redhawks on September 1, 2012 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
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Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer is widely considered to be a great college football recruiter, and his two national championships at Florida make it easy to call him a great coach. But is the man the Buckeyes now call coach a legend?

According to quotes via Bill Kurelic of, 2014 4-star running back Derrell Scott certainly thinks Meyer is a legend:

“I watched a little of their game (against Miami of Ohio) on TV.” Scott said. “Ohio State has a good team. I liked their offense. I really like what coach (Urban) Meyer is doing. He’s a legendary coach. He knows what it takes to win and get players to the next level.”

Withers is recruiting Scott, but Meyer is involved too.

“I talked to coach Meyer in the summer,” Scott said. “He told me he wants me to come there and we can win a National Championship together. I’ve never been to Ohio State. I plan to get there sometime.”

Scott is an incredibly talented running back who currently has South Carolina on top of his list, but perhaps a visit and a few more talks with Meyer can change his mind.

As intriguing as that could be for Buckeyes fans though, there's something deeper here that must be discussed.

If Meyer isn't yet a legend in college football—as Scott thinks he is—he soon will be. How big of an advantage does that give the Buckeyes when it comes to recruiting within the Big Ten, let alone the country?

To be frank, I don't see how any other Big Ten coaches can hold a candle to Meyer in the long term.

Scott's second quote about talking to Meyer is the kicker for Ohio State. Meyer said that he wanted a talented running back to come to OSU  to win a National Championship...

Sure, Brady Hoke can say the same thing at Michigan, and Bo Pelini and Mark Dantonio can make that pitch at Nebraska and MSU respectively, but can any of them actually back it up with two titles under their belts?

The answer there is a resounding no.

Meyer has championship experience, and he knows what it takes to build a BCS championship worthy team, and that alone gives him a huge advantage over the rest of the Big Ten when it comes to recruiting.

Meyer is a legend, especially when being graded against the rest of the Big Ten's coaches.

Other coaches can promise championships, but their promises sound hollow compared to the pitch top-level recruits will be getting from Ohio State on a yearly basis.

Therein lies the recruiting power of Urban Meyer. Therein lies the reason Ohio State will quickly rise up back to the top of the Big Ten under their new head coach.

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