Ohio State Football: How Urban Meyer's Recruiting Has Reshaped Buckeye Roster

Tim Bielik@bielik_timSenior Analyst IMay 15, 2013

BOSTON, MA - MAY 11: Head coach of the Ohio State University Buckeyes football team, Urban Meyer, stands on the field prior to the game between the Boston Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays on May 11, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Ohio State Buckeye fans knew that they were getting one of the best recruiters in college football when Urban Meyer jumped on board in November 2011.

Through two recruiting classes, he's done quite a bit to retool a team which went just 6-7 the year before he took over.

That isn't to say that former coach Jim Tressel wasn't a good recruiter, because he did help to bring in plenty of underrated talent, with less-regarded recruits like A.J. Hawk among others coming to mind.

But these two classes just have a different feel.

It feels like the Buckeyes are building an SEC-type of team, designed with a tremendous amount of athleticism in the front seven and playmakers with speed all across the board.

The amount of sheer talent Meyer was able to pull from out of the state of Ohio in the class of 2013, namely players like Vonn Bell, Dontre Wilson and Joey Bosa, combined with talented Ohio kids like Jalin Marshall, Cameron Burrows and Gareon Conley, is nothing short of impressive for anyone to do.

Alabama has had those classes for several years now and in turn has redefined the term "reload."

While we do have to wait to see how these last two recruiting classes actually pan out, it's amazing to see what these classes have done to reshape how we've seen the Buckeyes look in the last two years.

For example, in two years OSU went from a team void of much receiver talent to now having plenty of young guns waiting in the wings for their time. Of course, it does help having veteran players on board like Corey Brown.

Something similar can be said about the talent on the defensive line, a position where the Buckeyes are full of young (though largely unproven) talent.

There appears to be more quality depth at the key positions throughout the team, especially at the skill positions, where depth has been a question mark at times.

This season will be the first chance for that talent to show itself on the field, as Meyer's first class of recruits continues to mature.

We all know that he can recruit, and his track record backs that up.

How well he tries to replicate the SEC style of recruiting when it comes to adding great athletes close to the football is a question that will be answered further in the season.


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