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Ohio State flips Southward without Meyer

Posted on: November 29, 2011 6:47 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer

Yes, there's some guy named Urban Meyer - with two shiny national title rings - taking over in Columbus but even with out him being officially named as head coach, Ohio State was landing a player from the state of Florida. Lakeland (Fla.) wide receiver Ricquan Southward was committed to Miami but an official visit a week ago was enough to cause him to switch his commitment to the Buckeyes on Sunday ahead of his new coach's announcement.

"I had a good visit last week," Southward told "I talked to some people and got some advice and stuff and I just feel like it's a better fit for me, going to Ohio State."

The 6-foot-2, 190-pound receiver was recruited heavily by receivers coach Stan Drayton, who appears to one of the current assistants retained my Meyer. Rumors of the new head coach coming into town had little effect on Southward in flipping his commitment, who seemed to be more enamored with the team itself and atmosphere around campus.

"I've been a Gator fan my whole life," he said. "I like Urban Meyer but really this didn't have a real big effect on me."

Southward becomes the 16th commitment for the class of 2012 for the Buckeyes and fourth at the wide receiver position. He had committed to Miami in early November.
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