Ohio State has three commitments for 2015, and two are from Florida. Head coach Urban Meyer respects his state's ability to produce talent, but he also isn't afraid to head elsewhere.
In 2014, Meyer plucked 5-star linebacker Raekwon McMillan from Georgia. He got 4-star playmaker Curtis Samuel from New York, while 4-star receiver Johnnie Dixon is from Florida and 4-star cornerback Damon Webb is a Michigan native.
The year before that saw out-of-state recruits such as safety Vonn Bell (Georgia/Tennessee), defensive lineman Joey Bosa (Florida), cornerback Eli Apple (New Jersey), linebacker Mike Mitchell, quarterback JT Barrett and running back Dontre Wilson (Texas). Tight end Marcus Baugh (California) and linebacker Trey Johnson (Georgia) leave their native states to cross the Ohio border.
Ari Wasserman of the Northeast Ohio Media Group wrote in Oct. 2013, "Let’s remember that Meyer has brought Ohio State into the South and won some crucial recruiting battles that once had an SEC victory written all over them."
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Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns.