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Urban Meyer on the hunt for Duck recruits

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It didn’t take long after Chip Kelly‘s abrupt about-face for other schools to take aim at Oregon’s 2013 recruiting class.  Specifically, USC and Ohio State were looking to poach several high-profile recruits from what many were looking upon as a lame duck, so to speak, recruiting class.

A week and a half away from National Signing Day, the Buckeyes are ratcheting up the pressure on new UO head coach Mark Helfrich‘s attempts to keep the class from tumbling even further into mediocrity.

UO’s 2013 class, which ranks anywhere between 25th and 36th depending on the recruiting service, contains verbal commitments from four out-of-state players who carry four-star rankings.  Starting the day Kelly left for the NFL, Urban Meyer and his OSU coaching staff has gone hard after every single one of those four-star recruits.  From The Oregonian’s John Canzano:

Dontre Wilson, a 5-foot-10, 174-pound running back from Texas, committed to Oregon last spring. He now plans to visit Columbus this weekend. Meanwhile, Ohio State celebrated Kelly’s NFL announcement by rushing Buckeyes offensive coordinator Tom Herman to San Diego to visit four-star wide receiver Darren Carrington Jr., another UO recruit. Also in San Diego, Ohio State offered two more critical Oregon commitments, twin basketball/football stars Tyree and Tyrell Robinson, scholarships after the Eagles-Kelly business went public.

Suffice to say, Urban Meyer (pictured) knows how to successfully navigate the recruiting trail — his 2013 class is currently No. 2 according to 247Sports.com and Scout.com, No. 4 according to Rivals.com — so there’s much concern about Helfrich’s ability to retain the upper-tier of what’s now his class.

As was the case the day of Kelly’s departure, though, it’s not all negative recruiting-wise for the Ducks as the crown jewel of UO’s class this year, five-star running back Thomas Tyner, is expected to follow through on his verbal commitment and sign with the Ducks early next month.

How many of his fellow high-profile commits follow suit, however, remains to be seen, especially with the dogged Meyer hot on their scent.

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41 Responses to “Urban Meyer on the hunt for Duck recruits”
  1. mydixienormus says: Jan 25, 2013 1:39 PM

    Karma is a biiiiiach Urban…

  2. joeyfalco says: Jan 25, 2013 2:00 PM

    Mine as well grab them before somebody else does. Go Bucks!

  3. duklover says: Jan 25, 2013 2:11 PM

    Meyer and Kiffin up to their usual tricks. You can only do so much to impress these young men with your program, however believe the Ducks new coach will be up to the task of continuing to build a competitive football program.
    Wish him the best. GO DUCKS!

  4. Irootforaconferencebecausemyregionsucks says: Jan 25, 2013 2:11 PM

    I only want to read stories about SEC football.

  5. CBFAN says: Jan 25, 2013 2:29 PM

    Meyer and Kiffin up to their usual tricks? Recruiting? They are just doing what they are paid to do.

  6. thraiderskin says: Jan 25, 2013 2:46 PM

    Irootforaconferencebecausemyregionsucks says:Jan 25, 2013 2:11 PM

    I only want to read stories about SEC football.

    Yeah, I’m almost positiive there is a blog or message board that only talks SEC football, you should go there…
    Pretty sure Oregon recruits are fair game. If by Karma, mydixienormus means, Oregon would do the same thing as Urban if given the chance, then yes, by your definition that would be Karma. I don’t know why you would be upset anyway, the probability Oregon got those recruits on the up and up is minimal at best.

  7. roundup5 says: Jan 25, 2013 2:53 PM

    Urban Rat and his twin Lame, are cut from the same mold. It’s
    just a matter of time.

  8. be4bama says: Jan 25, 2013 2:53 PM

    As long as Urban stays out of the SEC who cares?

  9. mgscott says: Jan 25, 2013 2:58 PM

    Urb does what he wants

  10. mydixienormus says: Jan 25, 2013 2:58 PM

    By Karma, I mean:

    I hope someone comes in and swipes some suckeye recruits while Urban’s eyes are peering west.

    Not that love Oregon or anything.

    Go Huskies!!

  11. cbass59 says: Jan 25, 2013 3:06 PM

    WAAAAHHHHHH!

    Bunch of crybabies on this board today.

  12. scalpemseminoles says: Jan 25, 2013 3:09 PM

    hunting season

  13. bigbuckeye76 says: Jan 25, 2013 3:12 PM

    Good for Urb….and good for whoever grabs OSU’s players…if they want to switch.

    Bunch of grown men and women whining about where high school players want to go play college ball. Pathetic

  14. rolltide510 says: Jan 25, 2013 3:15 PM

    Urban Meyer likely had dreams about every single Oregon recruit, and at least half of them will be told they’re “the next Percy Harvin”. Good thing 18 year olds are dumb.

  15. be4bama says: Jan 25, 2013 3:17 PM

    Roll Tide…… or the next Tim Tebow.

  16. steeldominance says: Jan 25, 2013 3:19 PM

    “Hey guys, we may not be able to put you in a different cystom made Nike uniform every week. But, we have a GREAT tattoo shop right by campus.”

    -Urban

  17. thraiderskin says: Jan 25, 2013 3:26 PM

    mydixienormus

    Why would his eyes be out West? Does he have connections to USC, because out side of them, Ohio State has a “tad” better tradition than any of the rest, atleast in CFB. Also, come, let the Ducks try to take our recruits, its all fair game until they sign the proper paperwork. Its just business, baby huey(s) (see what I did there?), don’t take it so personal.

  18. mydixienormus says: Jan 25, 2013 3:35 PM

    His eyes are out west (according to this story).

    I don’t take it personally. I just think Urban Liar is a scum bag. I would imagine he fits in well in Columbus.

    Good luck against Buffalo and FL A&M Rattlers this year.

    Actually the Suckeye schedule looks tougher than ususal. Where is Akron and University of Ohio? Probably scared your stupid mascot will get his ass kicked again…

  19. 1chilla says: Jan 25, 2013 3:44 PM

    Im a gator fan u can say wat u want about meyer he is a good reruiter n thats wat it all about them players he tryn to get fit his system he will be back in championship game

  20. glastron1 says: Jan 25, 2013 3:51 PM

    Go Blue!!!!!!

  21. canehouse says: Jan 25, 2013 4:02 PM

    When will Urban get heart palpitations and chest pains and migraines caused by anxiety? never again… he is in the Big Ten now.

  22. 10kmp says: Jan 25, 2013 4:07 PM

    Mizzu is recruiting Zeke Elliott and FSU is recruiting Donovan Munger… both OSU commits. How is Meyer recruiting Oregon commits any different? It’s not, so stop hating.

  23. ezwriter69 says: Jan 25, 2013 4:22 PM

    Oregon’s recruiting classes are ALWAYS mediocre, this year’s is par for the course, Kelly NEVER had a top ten class, and they haven’t had a draft pick in the top 100 picks in three years (they might have ONE this year in Jordan). The pull of Nike money is a complete myth… Kelly and Oregon finished 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 10th in the country the last four years with kids NO one else in the top 25 programs wanted, with maybe five exceptions, total. Kelly and Oregon do/did more with less talent than any program in the country, maybe ever.

  24. headlessthompsongunner says: Jan 25, 2013 4:36 PM

    Bad Urban? Bad Kiffin? Really?
    Are we forgetting why the NCAA hammer will come down on UO this year?

  25. beedubyatoo says: Jan 25, 2013 4:39 PM

    Irootforaconferencebecausemyregionsucks says:Jan 25, 2013 2:11 PM

    I only want to read stories about SEC football.
    ———
    Get a lifetime subscription to Mad magazine.

  26. vincentbojackson says: Jan 25, 2013 4:39 PM

    Tattoo U rules the recruiting trail.

  27. irish2u2 says: Jan 25, 2013 4:54 PM

    As a longtime Gator fan you have to know how this works.

    It’s OK to poach recruits because nothing is legal till the John Hancock is on the line that is dotted on the National Letter of Intent. But go after one of their recruits (Meyer or Kiffin) and you are lower than a snake’s belly in a ditch.

    Kiffin isn’t very good at it (too stupid and after all he is a tool) but Meyer is a master of the misdirection. He will talk about integrity and honor and doing things the right way (I only want the top 1% of the top 1% ; ) but in the end the ends does justify the means. In the end whatever gets Urban or Kitten what they want is fine. Dog eat dog.

    BTW, nothing they are doing is breaking the rules but high profile guys like Meyer and Kiffin who disregard integrity make it almost impossible for other coaches to behave in a civilized manner because in the end their job depends on getting talent.

    I really like Florida’s current coach Will Muschamp but he has two flips himself (LB Alex Anzalone from Notre Dame and WR Demarcus Robinson from Clemson) but at least he was recruiting both from the start. He had a relationship with both players. It’s different, to me at least, when the sharks start circling a program and it’s recruits only because their coach left.

    As always stay classy Urbs! ; )

  28. florida727 says: Jan 25, 2013 4:57 PM

    I’m an Urban Meyer fan, but I have a problem with this (it’s expected from Kiffin, so I won’t comment about him). Once a recruit verbally commits, I thought the gentlemen’s agreement was that no one else tries to recruit them away unless, a) NCAA sanctions are coming, or b) the athlete de-commits and re-opens the recruiting process. I think unless he’s approached, Urban needs to back off. How would he like it if certain SEC schools decided to go after his verbal commits?

  29. jimbo75025 says: Jan 25, 2013 5:19 PM

    canehouse says:
    Jan 25, 2013 4:02 PM
    When will Urban get heart palpitations and chest pains and migraines caused by anxiety? never again… he is in the Big Ten now.
    ———

    Partially correct. He will be fine during the regular season playing those powerhouse teams such as the Cleveland School for the Blind. When bowl season comes along and he has to face a team he knows he might not be able to beat, the heart problems will re-emerge.

  30. 10kmp says: Jan 25, 2013 5:22 PM

    @florida727…

    Did you read my post???? Mizzu, AN SEC SCHOOL, is currently recruiting Zeke Elliott. He’s visiting there this weekend. He verbally committed to Ohio State in April of 2012.

  31. rolltide510 says: Jan 25, 2013 5:27 PM

    There’s nothing at all “unethical” about recruiting somebody verbally committed to another school right up until they sign their LOI. If the recruit isn’t interested, they won’t pick up the phone when another coach calls.

  32. hardballtalkusername says: Jan 25, 2013 5:59 PM

    ezwriter69 says: “they haven’t had a draft pick in the top 100 picks in three years.”

    You may remember LaMichael James, he was a top 100 pick as recent as last year. Nice try though.

  33. normtide says: Jan 25, 2013 6:50 PM

    Meyer is just doing his job. He its paid a very large sum, and if I was an OSU fan I would expect him to earn it. If your afraid of competition, college football may not be for you.

  34. be4bama says: Jan 25, 2013 6:54 PM

    Hey Norm, Urban’s not afraid of college football. It just makes him sick.

  35. gfj7000 says: Jan 25, 2013 7:26 PM

    Let Urban hunt all he wants, with Oregon’s #2 ranking, it should hold steady with its extremely high reputation. It’s a solid-program for the next 2 years. Urban will be lucky if he gets one out of the four or five from Oregon. Using assistant coaches for recruiting – doesn’t work. As for Lane Kiffin, good luck!! Lane has nothing to boast in except for a lot of spoiled kids who didn’t even want to be at and play to win – their bowl game. So, who would want to go there.
    As for SEC – they won’t be king this year, let’s hope that Miles (who will be one of the weaker teams this year) picks up a few freshmen that know how to score more than 20 pts/game. 2012 was a disaster year on offense for this team.

  36. ravenseattheirownpoop says: Jan 25, 2013 9:08 PM

    Urban Meyer is a piece of s$+#!

  37. pens5829 says: Jan 25, 2013 9:41 PM

    Meyer and Kiffin. Two of the biggest problems in college football.

  38. macbull says: Jan 26, 2013 6:53 AM

    These recruits were wooed to Oregon by Chip Kelly, even though Kelly knew he was considering a jump to the NFL…

    …kind of hard to blame recruits for looking around to determine what might be best for their future.

    Ohio State has so much to offer these athletes… preparing them for the future, helping them to fulfill their dreams.

    Not a thing wrong with these Oregon recruits looking around after Chip Kelly ran out on them…not a thing wrong with Ohio State pursuing them, either.

  39. 35longmiles says: Jan 26, 2013 7:14 AM

    1chilla says:
    Jan 25, 2013 3:44 PM
    Im a gator fan u can say wat u want about meyer he is a good reruiter n thats wat it all about them players he tryn to get fit his system he will be back in championship game
    —————
    Son, where did you learn how to write? This here CFT thing isn’t a text machine you goon. I got fiddy bucks that says you have grillz. Loser.

  40. dkhhuey says: Jan 26, 2013 6:30 PM

    Until the signature is on the dotted line, they can ask the kid if he is interested in the talking – if no, move on, if yes, well then, here is all OSU has to offer!

  41. latchbeam says: Jan 26, 2013 8:19 PM

    I love how afraid everyone is about Urban Meyer… I would be too, he just went undefeated during a “rebuilding” year! Why would you not want to play college football at OSU the next 4 or 5 years… especially compared to Oregon?

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