Urban Meyer doesn't have much to worry about on the recruiting trail. He's one of the best of the best, and his name carries a ton of weight with recruits.
That said, if there's one coach in the country that is on Meyer's level, it would be Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide—and he's definitely a coach Saban needs to keep an eye on, especially if Alabama is coming after an Ohio State commitment.
The Cleveland Glenville offensive tackle has continued to add offers, and the 6-foot-4, 325-pound, lineman received a big one Wednesday.
"This is a big offer for me and I was surprised to get it, to be honest," Jones stated. "My principal came and got me out of class this morning and told me Alabama was on the phone. I spoke to one of their assistant coaches for a while and he said they were offering me a scholarship, along with (teammates) Marshon Lattimore and Erick Smith."
"I'm supposed to speak to Nick Saban later today," he added. "They said they liked my film and said I would fit in with the players they recruit. They said I could help them a lot if I would go down there to play. I told them I'm still committed to Ohio State, but they said they didn't really care about that at all. They said they go after who they want and don't pay attention to who's committed. This offer doesn't really change things for me at all, and I'm still committed to Ohio State."
Normally, I would give Meyer the best chance of retaining or closing the deal with a recruit. After all, he is known as a better closer than Mariano Rivera when it comes to being able to finish strong on the recruiting trail and come away with the best possible results.
Who is the better recruiter?
The Crimson Tide went out and put together the best overall 2013 recruiting class according to the 247Sports Composite rankings (Ohio State was No. 2), and they'll be the early favorite to do it again in 2014—especially if Alabama can put together another dominant, national championship contending season.
Ohio State does have the home-state advantage with Jones, though, and he was the first commitment to its 2014 class, so the Buckeyes can still feel confident about his status. It's very much so worth noting though that Saban has taken notice of the 6'5'', 325 pound offensive guard recruit.
That's something that should worry Ohio State, and there's no shame in that considering Saban and Alabama's reputation.