When Urban Meyer met with the media to discuss the signing of Ohio State’s 2014 recruiting class last February, he was upset.
He wasn’t angry about losing a prospect. He wasn’t dissatisfied with any of his new players.
He was mad because he wasn’t No. 1.
According to Mike Herndon of AL.com, Meyer said that recruiting rankings matter.
I hear people say it’s not important. I disagree. I think … as long as you’re keeping score we’re going to try to win. (It’s) disappointing we weren’t the number one recruiting class in the country. Our staff knows we’re disappointed about that.
So how is Meyer’s quest for the top spot coming along this year?
Ohio State’s current class boasts two members—4-star cornerbacks Eric Glover-Williams and Jamel Dean—coming in at No. 53 in the national rankings.
In comparison, Alabama’s class is loaded with 15 current commitments—11 4-star prospects and one 5-star—easily putting the Tide at the top of the standings.
At a glance, Ohio State is way behind on the recruiting front.
Should the Buckeyes be concerned about their unusually slow start?
Meyer took over the recruiting efforts at Ohio State late in the 2012 season, so last year was his first full recruiting cycle in Columbus. At this point last year, the Buckeyes had secured commitments from seven prospects (five 4-star prospects and two 3-stars). Those numbers don’t include 4-star defensive end Lawrence…