In the heat of the moments following National Signing Day, emotions got the best of Detroit Cass Tech football coach Thomas Wilcher. One of his top running backs had been recruited by Ohio State, but the running backs coach that took the lead in the recruiting efforts — Stan Drayton — left the program just after signing day to coach in the NFL. As was the case at multiple hotbeds for high school football talent, the issue with coaches leaving after signing day was not taken lightly by Wilcher, who ripped Ohio State and head coach Urban Meyer for the way the process played out.
As the old saying goes, time has a way of healing some wounds.
“We did talk,” Wilcher told Cleveland.com about a recent interaction with Meyer. “And he is the person I thought he was and the person I believe him to be. I believe our relationship is stronger now.”
Wilcher says he and Meyer have talked to smooth over some issues, and the Buckeyes head coach has now regained the trust and respect of the Michigan high school coach. Wilcher told Cleveland.com Meyer said he was unaware of Drayton’s decision to leave while the recruiting efforts were being made for running back Mike Weber and stressed the importance of looking out for the best of the student-athletes at Ohio State.
“The most important thing about my ‘misleading’ part was that I didn’t really understand the process of recruiting behind Ohio State,” Wilcher explained after talking with Meyer. “I understand the ambition Urban Meyer has, I understand the integrity of Urban Meyer and I understand that he’s about the welfare of the child and the wholeness of what the athletes need at the university. He instilled in me that no child will be left behind in his program.”