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Urban Meyer is just getting started at Ohio State

By Tom Fornelli | College Football Writer
Urban Meyer is working toward a third national title in Columbus. (US Presswire)

It was supposed to take time.

When Urban Meyer was brought to Columbus to replace Jim Tressel, there was supposed to be a transition from Tressel's old three-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust offense to Meyer's spread offense. Instead, Meyer found himself walking into a dream job with a dream quarterback for his scheme.

Rather than an adjustment period in 2012, a year in which the Buckeyes weren't eligible for a Big Ten title or the postseason, Ohio State went 12-0 and sat around wondering why it just had to accept that Gator Bowl berth after the 2011 season. And while a 12-0 season certainly made Urban Meyer even more popular in Columbus, it also served to raise expectations a bit. Now, instead of a few seasons before the Buckeyes got back into the national title discussion, Ohio State fans are expecting it in 2013.

And they probably should be, particularly with the latest recruiting class that Meyer has put together for next season.

Ohio State's 2013 class is one of the best in the nation. 247Sports.com has the class rated second behind only Alabama, while services like Rivals (second), RecruitingNation (third) and Scout (first) all have the Buckeyes in the top three. The class also got a nice boost on Wednesday with the additions of safety Vonn Bell, wide receiver James Clark and running back Dontre Wilson on Wednesday.

So if Meyer went 12-0 in his first season with somebody else's recruits, what's going to happen once he gets his own players in there?

There's a reason that Urban Meyer has been successful everywhere he's gone, and it's not just because he's a good coach. It's because he has recruited well. While his classes at Bowling Green and Utah weren't as highly-rated as the classes he had at Florida and now Ohio State, Meyer knew what he was looking for to fit his system. He'd identify a player, bring him in and coach him up.

It's hard to argue with the results.

Now Meyer is having the same kind of success recruiting at Ohio State that he had at Florida, and he's going all over the country to do so. While Ohio is a talent hotbed in the midwest with a lot of talent to go around, only 10 of the 25 commits in Ohio State's 2013 class call the Buckeye State home. Meyer plucked talent from all over the country. From New Jersey to Florida to Texas to California.

There's a reason that Ohio State fans are expecting a national title under Urban Meyer. It's because with the way Meyer coaches and recruits, they're probably going to win one.

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