It wasn’t that long ago, 2007 to be exact, when the Florida Gators were putting the finishing touches on a 41-14 dismantling of the Ohio State Buckeyes in the national title game. As a Buckeye fan, I must confess that I probably didn’t have very Christ like thoughts about Urban Meyer on that night. In fact, I know I didn’t. All of that, however, is now behind us. Meyer, the Ohio native, is back at The Ohio State University, the school that he dreamed about coaching as a young child, as he told Dan Patrick yesterday on his radio show.
Isn’t it funny how fans can turn on a dime when it comes to a player or coach? When he was with the Gators, all of Ohio despised him, especially on January 8, 2007. Now six short years later, an undefeated season, and one current recruiting class that is shaping up to be top 5 in the nation, and Urban is a legend in Ohio.
That legend continued to grow today as Meyer reeled in middle linebacker recruit Trey Johnson, who hails from Georgia. This is particularly important for Buckeye fans because former coach Jim Tressel would occasionally land a solid player from the south, but he mainly focused on Ohio and the midwest when it came to recruiting. This doesn’t seem to be the case for Meyer, as he landed Johnson, one of the top middle linebacker recruits in the nation. Johnson originally committed to Auburn, but after he changed his mind, Urban pounced and the rest is history. Again, this is important because top southern powerhouses such as Florida, Alabama, Auburn, and Tennessee were all vying for Johnson’s commitment to their school. In fact, six out of the twenty recruits that Urban has landed in this class have hailed from SEC country. And he’s not done yet as there is still a good chance that he lands at least two, if not three more highly touted southern boys in the next couple of days.
Uh-oh SEC, we all know it isn’t supposed to work this way. Wasn’t supposed to work this way is more like it. But the fact is, Urban is making it work this way by working the recruiting trail, not just in Ohio and the midwest, but in the sunshine land of the Southeastern Conference. And as he works the trails his Urban Legend continues to grow!