Ohio State Football Recruiting: Urban Meyer Pursing Talented QBs in 2014 Class

Tim BielikSenior Analyst IMay 3, 2013

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 24:  Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates the Buckeyes' 26-21 win over the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium on November 24, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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Urban Meyer has made it clear by offering scholarships to three top quarterback prospects that he is looking to bolster the depth at the position in the class of 2014.

The rush started on Wednesday when Meyer gave a scholarship offer to Scout.com's No. 1-rated quarterback, Kyle Allen out of Scottsdale, Ariz. He followed that up on Thursday by offering two quarterbacks scholarships: Brandon Harris from Bossier City, La., and Zach Darlington from Apopka, Fla.

Conventional wisdom says the strategy is to get one of them to commit first and beat the others to the punch. That, however, doesn't seem to be the case for Allen, who could wait until July to decide.

That doesn't seem to be Meyer's driving motivation. With several quarterbacks already off the board for the Class of 2014 and the looming concern of the lack of depth behind Braxton Miller, let alone if he decides to leave after his junior season, he has to find a quarterback for depth purposes.

That's a big reason why OSU got JT Barrett last year, even though he likely won't play this year after tearing his ACL in his senior year of high school.

The Buckeyes do need to keep adding at the position, and who better to do it than the guy who recruited both Tim Tebow and Cam Newton in consecutive recruiting classes?

The big prize is obviously Allen, who is one of the top-rated quarterbacks in the country even though he is more of a pro-style passer than Meyer has typically had in his offenses. His background has been dual-threat quarterbacks like Harris and Darlington, each of whom is better suited to run OSU's offense.

But Meyer did have Alex Smith at Utah and turned him into the No. 1 overall pick in 2005, although his pro career hasn't been extremely stellar.

It's too early to say one way or the other which of these three, if any, Ohio State is going to land.

Ideally, it would like to add two and start to develop a solid pipeline of quarterbacks.

But Meyer should be able to get at least one and let him sit behind Miller and Barrett for at least a year or two before being able to compete for the starting job. Adding depth will be important going forward with Kenny Guiton graduating after this season.

You can't have enough good QBs, and Ohio State will be looking to add at least one more to its current stable based on its recent rush of offers to top prospects.

As for who decides to become a Buckeye, we will have to wait and see.


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