LeBron James’ Role in Ohio State Football’s Biggest Recruiting Weekend of 2014

A mere three weeks after LeBron James announced his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer issued an open invitation for the NBA megastar to attend any Buckeyes game he’d like.

It didn’t take long for James to take Meyer up on the offer.

“I think he’ll be in town,” Meyer responded on Wednesday when asked if James would be in attendance for Ohio State’s game against Virginia Tech on Saturday—the first Buckeyes home contest of the 2014 season.

Should James find himself standing on the Ohio State sideline, the four-time NBA MVP will be joined by a plethora of the nation’s top high school prospects. Since arriving in Columbus in 2012, Meyer has attempted to turn night games at Ohio State into can’t-miss events for recruits, and Saturday’s prime-time showdown with the Hokies will be no exception.

“It’s probably the biggest of the year,” Meyer said of the Buckeyes’ upcoming recruiting weekend. “I just see who’s coming. A night game in The Horseshoe—last year we had Wisconsin and Penn State at night, and those were big hits.”

Given the tentative visitor list, this weekend could prove to be an even bigger hit for the Buckeyes, as several of their top targets and the nation’s top high school players are slated to be in Columbus. Even with 5-star quarterback Torrance Gibson rescheduling his official visit for a later date, there won’t be any shortage of stars standing underneath the bright lights of Ohio Stadium on…

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