Urban Meyer came to Columbus to salvage one of the nation's biggest college football programs. He's undefeated so far, on and off the field, after another successful Ohio State Football recruiting effort.
Meyer is known as a mastermind recruiter who built the mid-2000s Florida Gators teams that won two national championships. Despite that success at Florida, Meyer has the ability to do something he couldn’t finish at Florida: build a dynasty.
The savvy recruiter constructed the second-best recruiting class in the nation in 2013, according to 247 Sports' composite rankings. That’s an immediate improvement from last year’s impressive seventh-ranked class. It’s also the result of the Buckeyes’ immense success under Meyer in his first season at the helm in 2012.
Ohio State was the only FBS team to go unbeaten but was ineligible for postseason play due to the NCAA sanctions imposed on the school for its violations under former coach Jim Tressel.
Fast forward to the 2013 Buckeyes season.
Meyer’s recruits will be taking over a large part of the team, meaning they are only going to get better. He has stockpiled athletes and strong, big linemen in order to implement his system of hard-nosed and explosive football.
Getting the athletes into space to break big plays isn’t possible for Meyer unless his team is built tough in the trenches, the way he did it in the SEC. Since his departure from that conference down south, he has only gotten more formidable and determined to succeed.
This time it’s personal. The Buckeyes alumnus has every good intention in the world behind him as he attempts to revive his alma mater. Winning isn't just enough for Meyer, though. He's gotten his dream job and is now looking to make his mark on it.
If history has taught us anything, it is that Meyer has achieved great success with his teams in SEC. His system and football acumen are both proven to pay huge dividends and the Buckeyes are already reaping those benefits.
If anyone in the game can build a program that might end the absolute BCS dominance of the SEC, it's Meyer.
It will be exciting watching it happen on the field in the coming years, but it is equally as thrilling seeing the pieces fall into place in the process.