It’s no surprise that Urban Meyer is all over the signing day news ticker, but he may do more harm than good for this 2013 Ohio State recruiting class.
Meyer is making moves to shore up his newest class, going for his targeted recruits while making time to talk to “commits” at other schools.
That practice may backfire for Meyer, though, because his recruits are not sticking around if they don’t continue to get attention.
Two commits have already been in the news for potentially flipping their decision from Ohio State. Whether it’s true or not, the situation in Columbus is one to watch heading into signing day.
Here's the latest news out of Buckeye land.
Ezekiel Elliott Sticks With the Buckeyes…For Now
Elliott has been committed to Ohio State since April and serves as a main cog in Meyer’s class. A running back with 4.40 speed often does.
But there’s uncertainty coming from Elliott’s camp after he took a visit to Missouri, where he has legitimate family ties. Of the visit, Elliott told STL Today: "It’s one last look at Missouri and showing respect to my home school and to my mother and father’s alma mater."
While it seems Elliott was just taking a courtesy visit, a recruit’s word is just as good as a politician’s.
The Pursuit of 4-Star RB Dontre Wilson
Wilson hasn’t budged from his original commitment to the Oregon Ducks in May 2012, but he’s taking a few more visits just to be sure.
One of those excursions will be to Columbus to see what Urban Meyer and Co. have to offer (per Ty Duffy of The Big Lead).
It has been noted that Wilson will decide between Oregon, Ohio State and Texas. He also plans to visit the latter before he ends his recruiting process.
Texas will get the last look, but the Buckeyes look to be a player in this race more than ever.
Trey Johnson Takes a Visit to Merely Take a Visit
While a group of running backs decide if Columbus is right for them, one of the Buckeyes’ linebacker commits dispels a rumor about leaving Meyer and Co.
Four-star linebacker Trey Johnson did take a visit to Tennessee, as initially reported, but does not have any intention to leave the Buckeyes.
His high-school coach Todd Wofford comments that he has been sold on Ohio State for a significant period. He just wanted to take a visit (per Brad Bournival of ESPN):
He only took one before that and it was Ohio State. He took an official visit. It’s one of those things where it was a once-in-a-lifetime thing. He knows what his job is and what his future is. He had an opportunity to take a visit, so he took advantage of it. He’s done, but the wolves haven’t stopped trying.
The recruiting experience is once in a lifetime, and it was very cerebral of Johnson to notice that. Hopefully that self-awareness will translate to football on the next level.
Mike Shiekman is a Breaking News Writer for Bleacher Report.