Ohio State Football: 6 Big Time Recruits That Urban Meyer Can Bring in This Year
This year's recruiting class is nowhere near the elite level we have seen recently.
Buckeye Nation has become accustomed to bringing in Top Five recruiting classes year in and year out like its nothing. Once the allegations hit the program, pulling in high school stars became quite a task. Fickell did his best, but was hampered by his inexperience and lack of a long term contract.
The amount of high school talent that Meyer has attracted since his hiring in November has been nothing short of amazing.
The new head coach's track record speaks for himself, and with Fickell coaching the bowl game, Meyer has been able to focus solely on filling this 2012 class with complete studs. Here are six big-time recruits that Meyer could possibly lure to Columbus.
WR Cyrus Jones
If you couldn't tell, Ohio State needs some explosiveness at the wide receiver position, and Cyrus Jones, out of Baltimore, could certainly spark the buckeyes receiving corps immediately.
According to scout.com, Jones is a 5-star receiver and the fifth-rated receiver in the nation. Initially, Ohio State failed to make Jones' top five list. But with the hiring of Meyer, the Buckeyes are back in the hunt.
Jones is definitely intrigued at the prospect of playing for Meyer and was quoted as saying "Urban Meyer is a great, great coach" (via The Baltimore Sun). Jones was planning to make his decision by the end of December, but will most likely push this deadline back with OSU back in the mix.
On the field, Jones is an explosive playmaker, who plays multiple positions. The Maryland native could be an excellent kick returner at the next level, and could be a great downfield threat in Meyer's new offense.
Buckeye fans should follow this young man closely, and cross their fingers because he's an impressive talent.
WR Stefon Diggs
It's almost scary to think what an athlete like Stefon Diggs could do in Meyer's offense. Just ask teams that played Percy Harvin.
Diggs is the second best receiver in the nation according to scout.com, and one of the most talented players in the class of 2012. Meyer contacted Diggs soon after his hiring, and go figure, the Maryland native is now interested in the Buckeyes. According to The Washington Post, Diggs will be officially visiting Columbus this weekend.
Diggs is as fast as they come, and could do wonders in Meyer's system. As a matter of fact, Diggs has been most effective as a running back in high school, but possesses the versatility to play wide receiver at the next level.
The young athlete may need to improve his route running, but has all the talent in the world. He is the perfect athlete for Meyer's spread attack, and he will be used perfectly in Columbus. If the new head coach was able to lure Diggs to become a Buckeye, it would be his biggest catch of the 2012 class.
OT Jordan Diamond
With the graduation of Mike Adams and J.B. Shugarts, OSU is in desperate need of some depth at the offensive tackle position.
At 6'6" 290 lbs, Jordan Diamond is a mammoth high school student with countless offers from top schools in the nation. Scout.com rates Diamond as a 5-star tackle and he is the ninth-rated tackle in the country. Diamond looked to be an unrealistic option for Ohio State before Meyer was hired, but things have heated up since then.
ESPN reported that Diamond will make his first official visit to Columbus this weekend.
In high school, Diamond showcased decent athleticism on pulls and executed plenty of pancake blocks in his career. The young man is a complete monster to say the least, and will only get stronger in college. The prospect out of Chicago will likely wait until signing day to announce his decision, but OSU is officially in the race to land this talented offensive lineman.
OT Kyle Dodson
Since his hiring in November, Meyer has focused intently on recruiting at the offensive tackle position.
Dodson, out University Heights, Ohio, has already committed to Wisconsin, but has shown a great deal of interest in the Buckeyes. Meyer has recently come into contact with Dodson and many speculate that he may jump the ship at Wisconsin and join the Buckeyes.
Dodson is an immense young man at 6'6" 310 lbs, and shows great ability to pull and block at the second level. The Ohioan plays in the spread at his high school, so the transition to Meyer's offense would be less difficult. According to scout.com, Dodson is a 4-star and the 23rd-ranked tackle in the nation.
DE Noah Spence
With the loss of Nathan Williams, the Buckeyes struggled to rush the passer from the defensive end position. Despite the recent commitment of highly touted defensive end, Adolphus Washington, Meyer has been aggressively recruiting the defensive end position.
Scout.com, rated Spence as the best defensive end in the nation, and he wasn't considering Ohio State before Meyer's hiring. After Meyer was officially named as the head coach at Ohio State, Spence tweeted that OSU "was definitely at the top of the list for now."
As of right now, Spence has only scheduled one official visit, and that single visit is to Columbus.
Spence is one of the best defensive prospects in the 2012 class. He's explosive off the snap and a relentless pass rusher. As talented as he is, he possesses a great motor and incredible lateral speed. Along with his impressive pass rushing, Spence can also play the run. If he were to commit to Ohio State, he would contribute immediately, and right now, all signs are pointing to Meyer landing this coveted recruit.
OLB David Perkins
Another position Meyer would like to add depth to on the defensive side of the ball is the linebacker position.
According to scout.com, Perkins is a 4-star outside linebacker and the 21st-ranked player at his respected position. The young prospect hails from South Bend, Indiana, and has scheduled five official visits, one of them being to Columbus.
Perkins is a little raw at linebacker and could hone his talents under Luke Fickell, who has helped to develop countless NFL linebackers in his time at OSU.
The term "athlete" is the only way to describe Perkins. In fact, rivals.com rates him as the 11th-best athlete in the nation. Despite being projected to play OLB in college, Perkins officially runs an amazing 4.43 in the 40 yard dash!
In high school, Perkins played running back, wide receiver and outside linebacker. At the linebacker position, he is a great playmaker and if his skills are paired with great coaching, he could become an All-American at the next level.