Urban Meyer’s recruiting roll continues. His arrival in Columbus, Ohio has already led to commitments from the likes of Tommy Schutt and Se’von Pittman. This evening, Meyer padded a stellar defensive line haul in this recruiting class by adding Noah Spence to the mix. The verbal commitment of Noah Spence gives Ohio State its marquee recruit of the 2012 class, checking in as the #1 weakside defensive end in the country and #9 recruit in the country overall, regardless of position.
Suffice to say, this is all Meyer. Mike Vrabel was in charge of his recruitment and the retention of Fickell was important in coordinating an effort toward Spence, but Meyer gets a huge tip of the hat for building a relationship with Spence and family on such short notice and locking up a verbal commitment. It became clear that Spence was high priority for Meyer shortly after the recruiting updates started coming in the wake of Meyer’s introductory press conference. Meyer, not known as a slouch on the recruiting trail, quickly and clearly communicated what the Spence family wanted to hear from recruiters. This included the standard spiel on spiritual and professional development and a “family oriented” nature of a college program. We commonly associate this with Jim Tressel, but, in spite of our reservations when he was coaching Florida in the wake of January 2007, Meyer has a good reputation for this as well. I thought Spence would eventually be a Buckeye, but the Spence family confirmed that the plan to commit during a hat ceremony at the Under Armour All-American Bowl was scrapped in order to finish the recruiting process here and now.
Adding Spence to the mix is fantastic. Combined with the commitments of Pittman, Schutt and Washington and a defensive line roster that already includes Mike Bennett, Joel Hale, John Simon, Steve Miller Band, Kenny Hayes and Hungry Hungry Hankins (among others), defensive line should be the strength of the defense into the near future. That’s always fine. However, roster spots are disappearing and Ohio State may have only 3 (maybe 4) spots left in this recruiting class. The hope is that the next additions to the roster ameliorate deficiencies at offensive tackle and linebacker before all spots disappear. Until then, this is pretty cool.
(Junior) film is below the fold.