Urban Meyer is known as one of the best recruiters in college football, and Ohio State certainly has a national draw. For those reasons, it's safe to assume that Meyer and his staff will have their fair share of success in SEC country on the 2014 recruiting trail.
Some of you may be asking: What exactly is SEC country?
Here on the Signed, Sealed, Delivered blog, SEC country is either A) the region where most SEC schools or SEC fanbases are located or B) a region where the SEC seems to have a foothold in regard to recruiting.
As the most dominant conference in college football, the SEC tends to attract the best recruits, and it's also hard to deny the talent that comes out of known "SEC states" like Florida, Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi.
Being able to recruit in the SEC as a coach from another conference is huge, and it often times leads to great overall success during any given recruiting cycle.
More than any other coach in the Big Ten, Meyer has the ability to do so, and that's why he's been so good so far for the Buckeyes. His 2014 class is currently devoid of any SEC country players, but the Buckeyes finished the 2013 cycle with five recruits that I would deem as such, highlighted by 5-star safety Vonn Bell (Rossville, Ga.), so that shouldn't be the case for long in 2014.
In fact, here's a look ahead at three SEC-country recruits that Meyer and Ohio State have on their radar:
Raekwon McMillan, 5-star ILB, Liberty County High School (GA)
Raekwon McMillan is the No. 1 inside linebacker recruit in the 2014 class according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings, so he'd be a huge recruit for any program to land. The good news for OSU is that he appears to be a Buckeye lean.
McMillan is 6'2'', 242 pounds and he couples that with 4.65 40 speed (247Sports). He hits the hole extremely hard and he's a fundamental tackler. He can be very physical and aggressive as a downhill player, but he also has the agility and quickness to scrape over a block, run the lane and make a tackle in open space on the edges.
The other teams on McMillan's interest list (247Sports) are Alabama, Clemson, Georgia and USC, but the Buckeyes look to be in good position out-recruit those schools.
According to the 247Sports crystal ball, 10/10 experts predict that McMillan will commit to Ohio State.
Note: Scouting and analysis done via tape study from this video via Ryan Glazer on YouTube. Some language in highlight video NSFW.
David Sharpe, 4-star OT OT, Providence School of Jacksonville (FL)
Ohio State is going to have to work hard to pull David Sharpe out of SEC country, but if there's a coach that can do it, it would be Meyer.
Sharpe is 6'6'', 288 pounds, and he's ranked as the No. 11 offensive tackle in the 2014 class according to the 247Sports Composite.
He looks like he may want to stay in Florida, as both Florida and Florida State are listed as the leaders on his 247Sports interest list, but Ohio State is listed as a "warm interest" along with Alabama. Also, here's an interesting blurb on Sharpe and OSU via Derek Young and Bill Green of Scout.com:
David Sharpe – He has an offer from Ohio State and wants to get to their campus over the summer. Sharpe has been to Florida a few times already and they may be tough to beat. It will depend on the possible visit to Columbus on whether to watch this one closely.
If Meyer and his staff can get Sharpe to visit over the summer, I like OSU's chances of climbing up his leader board. I also like Meyer's chances of closing once signing day rolls around.
Poona Ford, 4-star DT, Hilton Head High School (S.C.)
Ohio State offered Poona Ford on April 17th of this year. The Buckeyes are already one of the top teams on his 247Sports interest list, listed as a "warm" interest along with Ole Miss, South Carolina and Tennessee.
To make things even sweeter, his 247Sports timeline has an event scheduled coming up in June, and said event is a camp at Ohio State.
The Buckeyes are undoubtedly a player in the race for Ford, and he'd be a big commitment for OSU to land. Ford checks in at 6'0'', 285 pounds and runs a 4.85 40 (247Sports).
Don't be surprised if Ohio State can out-recruit the home-state Gamecocks as well as the other SEC options for his commitment when all is said and done.
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