Brady Hoke is pushing Urban Meyer for the Big Ten’s best recruiting class for 2013. The Buckeyes missed and were snubbed on some key players that could have propelled their class over their rivals.
But at this point in time, the Buckeyes are still in the running for and have already signed an excellent crop of young players to develop under Meyer’s tutelage.
That’s in addition to last season’s No. 4 overall class, according to Rival’s team rankings.
Getting the talent to sign and getting the right talent for your system are entirely different things. Then, there is the follow through.
Meyer has proven to be able to deliver on the end game, and he will likely make due with whatever recruits he ends up netting.
Still, here are a couple of snubs he will be wishing he could have brought to Columbus.
Tony Stevens, WR, Texas A&M
Losing Stevens hurts (via Chris Hays of the Orlando Sentinel) because the Aggies look like legitimate title contenders in the coming seasons. That means Stevens could show up and make the Buckeyes pay face-to-face if the two teams cash in on their potential and reach the title game.
Wide receivers aren’t the focal point of Meyer’s offense, but burners like Stevens definitely can contribute by keeping defenses honest. What makes Stevens so special, though, is his size. At 6’3,” he has a lot of room to grow into his frame and could develop into a dominant receiver for Johnny Manziel.
James Quick, WR, Louisville
Quick showed strong interest in coming to Columbus (via Damon Sayles of ESPN) to help build a formidable wide receiver corps. He is the type of receiver who would have really helped the Buckeyes, too.
Meyer can turn a recruit who can run a 4.4 40-yard dash into an explosive entity whether it be at a slot or wideout position.
The 6’2” receiver also has good size and speed and will help the continued growth of the Louisville Cardinals program as they transition to the ACC in the coming years.