Ohio State Football: Urban Meyer's Staff Recruiting Like Crazy During Bye Week

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Ohio State Football: Urban Meyer's Staff Recruiting Like Crazy During Bye Week
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Ohio State's bye week has given Braxton Miller and his teammates an opportunity to rest, heal and take a break from the daily grind that comes with being a college football player.

That luxury, though, was not extended to Urban Meyer and his coaching staff.

While the Buckeyes don't have an opponent to prepare for this week, the coaching staff has been looking even further into the future by hitting the road and visiting recruits.

The staff has been absolutely everywhere the last few days. From Texas to Michigan, Meyer and his staff will have visited recruits in 16 different states by the end of the week.

Here's Ohio State cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs tweeting about his week:

He's not alone on the road. Offensive coordinator Tom Herman, co-defensive coordinator Everett Withers and wide receivers coach Zach Smith visited different corners of the country looking at different recruits.

In fact, Urban Meyer confirmed on his weekly radio show that every single one of his coaches is actively recruiting during the bye week.

The staff is certainly carrying the momentum from their perfect 10-0 record to the recruiting front. Ohio State has received verbal commitments from 17 high school seniors, with room for about five more before signing day in February. 

The Buckeyes are targeting offensive linemen, wide receivers and linebackers to close out the 2013 class. 

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David Dawson, a 4-star offensive guard from Detroit Michigan, is high on Ohio State's radar. Dawson de-committed from Michigan a month ago, and will choose between Ohio State and Michigan State at the Under Armour All-Star game.

Wide receiver James Quick is another big target for Urban Meyer and the coaching staff. Quick is down to Louisville and Ohio State, but a lot of people think Cardinals coach Charlie Strong will be headed for greener pastures after the season's over. If that does in fact happen, Meyer and Buckeyes will be in the driver's seat for Quick's commitment. 

Quite possibly the most important prospect on Ohio State's radar is 4-star linebacker Mike Mitchell. The Plano, Texas recruit is one of the most coveted middle linebacker prospects in the country, and he recently named Ohio State his favorite (per rivals.com's Jason Howell).

While closing the 2013 class is Urban Meyer's priority, a lot of the work being done this week is aimed toward the class of 2014.

Members of the staff have looked at offensive lineman Kyle Trout and defensive lineman Malik McDowell already this week, with more 2014 prospects to follow.

In short—bye week or no bye week, there's no rest for Ohio State's coaching staff.

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