Here is my first installment of The Dream 17: Urban Meyer’s Stranglehold on the Recruiting Game. I will be giving you a brief summary of four (04) committed recruits over the next couple of weeks and after all are mentioned, I will go over the remaining needs for the staff and the remaining targets, then I will eventually branch off into the 2018 Class. Enjoy!
Coach Urban Meyer’s and his Ohio State Buckeyes are a team that is transitioning away from a team that has had tremendous success on the gridiron, winning 50 games against 4 losses. Coach Meyer’s success shouldn’t be measured by wins and losses, but the overall health of his football team. Success in the classroom, success on the field and most importantly, success on the recruiting trail. As of late, Urban and company have been winning at every level, and they have been winning BIG. Take a long, hard look at the current recruiting class, the class of 2017. He is lighting it up and he is clearly getting commitments from just about anyone that he wants, commits from anyone who he envisions having the Buckeye spirit. Potential prospects who demonstrate traits of the Buckeye Culture and who are willing to live the lifestyle that Coach Meyer and company want their players adopt is one reason why this class is so unique and loaded with star power at just about every tier on both offense and on defense.
Josh Myers out of Miamisburg, OH stands at an astonishing 6-6 and 306 pounds and looks to be a key piece on the Offensive Line. He was one of the first members of the lauded 2017 Class and he is solid on his commitment. Myers will be trouble for opposing linemen when his time comes at Ohio State. He shows the instincts that Offensive Tackles should have and the drive to finish plays until the whistle blows. He displays the tenacity and a nasty streak to finish off rushers and he has the ability to pull left or right. He will be quite the player once he figures it out, but until he proves himself to the coaches, he looks to add depth to bolster the Tackle ranks.
Wyatt Davis out of Bellflower, CA was a surprise commitment that the Buckeyes managed to secure even though they started recruiting him during the latter stages of the recruiting game. Meyer secured his commitment after a month and he looks to be another firm Buckeye pledge. Davis plays Offensive Guard and he stands at 6-5, 310 pounds and looks solid on film. He showed people at the opening that he will be a solid contributor and eventual starter on the Buckeyes Offensive Line once he gets an opportunity. He flashes quick, fluid hip movement and he flat out destroys defenders who dare to come his way. He will be something special and the Buckeyes line looks to be building something special.
Shaun Wade committed to Ohio State during their CFB Playoff run to the top. He plays Cornerback out of Jacksonille, FL and stands at 6-1, 177. He has that Florida speed that Urban covets and the skillset to lock down opposing Wide Receivers consistently. He has the instincts and the ability to lockdown one side of the field and could be used at any corner spot. There has been a ton of negativity surrounding Wade and his potential to flip to another school. We would never know and until it is actually made official (Insert Carlton Davis situation), he is a Buckeye commit until then. He has the tools to surpass the upperclassmen above him with numerous injuries and inexperience. He has a shot at starting if he stays and puts in the work.
Chase Young committed at the well-known Friday Night Lights Camp, that the Buckeye staff puts out annually to attract top tier talent to get them to compete and learn the Buckeye way. It worked with Young, who many thought had been leaning toward the hometown Terrapin team. Luckily for Coach Johnson and Coach Meyer, they secured his commitment and stole him away like Dwayne Haskins and Keandre Jones from last years class. Young is projected to become a Weakside Defensive End and he is 6-5, 225. He has the speed, the techniques and the drive to succeed at a higher level and that is why he was a top priority for the Buckeye staff. Another fine piece to pair alongside other commits along the Defensive Line.