“For Coach Meyer, I feel like I went to head coaching school for three years. People ask me all the time, what was the thing I took away the most? There was a thousand things I took away from Coach Meyer.”
New Texas head coach Tom Herman may have taken away a lot from his time during his three years as offensive coordinator on Urban Meyer’s staff at Ohio State, but Meyer is hoping that now Herman won’t be taking any recruits away from him. Herman helped Meyer to make some inroads in Texas during his time with Ohio State, and now Herman is the man in charge at the Lone Star State’s flagship university. With the amount of talent that is present throughout the state of Texas, there is no doubt that Meyer and Herman will now square off to try and earn the commitment of some of the state’s best recruits.
On National Signing Day in February, Ohio State was able to get three of the top six recruits from Texas to commit to come to Columbus, while Texas was only able to get one in the top 20. Herman should have more success in the future though, considering in February he had only been on the job with the Longhorns for a couple months. The 2018 class for Herman is looking a lot better, and should only improve. There are going to be recruits that Meyer and Herman battle over, but at least their previous working relationship should keep things civil, which is something that might not be able to be said if Herman was battling with Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh over a recruit.
“I think the biggest issue is going to be the early visits now in April, May, and June. Our coaches just went through spring practice and I took every one of their Saturdays for spring practice. Then immediately after that they went on the road and the only time they can see their families is Saturday and Sunday. A lot of us coaches don’t necessarily like all this early stuff, and now we’re going to be in the office for official visits (in the summer).
It is no secret that Urban Meyer was not a fan of the rumored early signing period for football recruits, and earlier this month Meyer’s nightmare came to life when the NCAA approved a three-day signing period in December just before Christmas. Along with the early signing period, recruits in their junior year will be able to take earlier official visits from April to June starting in 2018. While Meyer knows that a lot is asked of college football head coaches and their staff, now too much could be asked of them.
What concerns Meyer the most about the early signing period, and the earlier official visits for some recruits, is when will coaches actually get a little time off to spend with their families. Before coming to Ohio State, Meyer resigned as head coach at Florida due to wanting to spend time with his family and focus on his health, so he might be a little more worried about what these extra stresses could do to a head coach and his staff. Even more so, Meyer is worried that those who made the decisions on the early signing period and added time for official visits, have never recruited before. Meyer feels that if they had spent some time out on the recruiting trail and seen what coaches and their staffs have to go through, their decision might not be the same.
“All-America honors are very special for not just the individual, but also for his teammates and coaching staff.”
As Ohio State’s men’s lacrosse team prepares for the Final Four this weekend at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusettes, yesterday six Buckeyes were named United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association All-Americans. Junior defenseman Ben Randall became the first Buckeye to ever be named a USILA first-team All-American. Senior Jake Withers was named to the second-team, while senior goalie Tom Carey and freshman attackman Tre Leclaire were named to the third-team. Senior Eric Fannell and freshman Ryan Terefenko were named honorable mention.
Ohio State will have a special fan in the stands at the home of the New England Patriots when they square off with Towson in Saturday’s first semifinal. Not only did Patriots head coach Bill Belichick play lacrosse in high school and college, but his daughter, Amanda, was an assistant coach with Ohio State for three seasons. This marks the first time in school history that Ohio State has reached the NCAA semifinals. The winner of Saturday’s first semifinal will advance to Monday’s final to face the winner of Saturday’s second semifinal between Maryland and Denver.
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