Urban Meyer Dealing with Numbers Crunch as OSU's 2013 Recruiting Class Fills Up

David RegimbalFeatured ColumnistJanuary 20, 2013

EAST LANSING, MI - SEPTEMBER 29:  Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on while playing the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium on September 29, 2012 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Thanks to the NCAA sanctions levied against Ohio State last year, Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes have a numbers issue.

Because of those sanctions, Ohio State must operate under a reduced scholarship limit once again in 2013, giving Meyer just 82 available roster spots to scholarship athletes as opposed to the un-sanctioned limit of 85.

With a relatively young team and a growing recruiting class coming in, things are getting very tight for Meyer in Columbus. 

So tight, in fact, that Meyer is currently out of space, according to Brandon Castel of TheOzone.net.

Despite the early departure of Johnathan Hankins and the transfer of wide receiver Verlon Reed, the Buckeyes' current roster combined with the number of incoming freshman adds up to 82, a number Ohio State is prohibited to exceed.

The Buckeyes will have 60 scholarship players returning in 2013. Meyer has already secured verbal commitments from 22 prospects for Ohio State's '13 class, meaning their 82 available scholarships are already accounted for.

So what does that mean?

With Meyer still recruiting, that means some players from last year's team won't be back in 2013.

From Brandon Castel's piece earlier this month, there could be a couple of players who leave the team because of medical issues:

A lot can happen between now and then, and indications are that at least one player on the roster (safety Jamie Wood) is headed for a medical hardship waiver because of his shoulder.

It could be two if Conner Crowell’s ankle doesn’t respond the way they were hoping it would...

On top of that, there could be a couple of players who transfer out of Ohio State like Reed did earlier this year. Transfers caused by coaching transitions often extend into the second year, so it wouldn't be surprising if one or two players decide to look for a new team or situation.

Ohio State won't need to be at, or under, the 82-scholarships limit until fall practice begins, so there's some time for the numbers to work themselves out. 

Regardless, any commitment Ohio State secures between now and National Signing Day will need to be accounted for by the time camp opens in the fall. Considering how hard Meyer is recruiting current Oregon commit Dontre Wilson while trying to find at least one more receiver and offensive lineman, the Buckeyes will soon be facing a numbers issue.


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