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Urban Meyer lands two big-time defensive linemen

Posted on: December 12, 2011 11:22 pm
Edited on: December 12, 2011 11:24 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer

It was only a matter of time.

As soon as Urban Meyer became the head coach at Ohio State, it was only a matter of when - not if - his impact on the recruiting trail would be felt. He landed his first two recruits since taking over in Columbus and they are big ones: Glenbard West (Ill.) defensive tackle Tommy Schutt and Canton (Ohio) defensive end Se'Von Pittman.

"My reasoning was just to follow my heart," Pittman told Rivals. "I wanted to be a Buckeye so I went with that feeling."

The 6-foot-4, 245-pound end is ranked 63rd overall in the class of 2012 by MaxPreps and was committed to Michigan State. All it took was an official visit to Ohio State and some face time with Meyer however and he was ready to flip his commitment.

"Honestly, I probably would have (stuck with Michigan State)," he said. "Coach (Mark) Dantonio is a great coach and he's a great person, period. For me to leave a coach like that, (Meyer) had to be a great coach and a great person too and everything he told me was what I wanted to hear to be comfortable enough to leave."

"A physical specimen who plays on one of Ohio's more storied programs," analyst Tom Lemming said of Pittman. "He's a legitimate DE prospect who can get up field in a hurry."

Pittman wasn't the first player to flip for Meyer however, as top 100 tackle Schutt was already wavering on his verbal to Penn State and all it took to make things official with Ohio State was a visit to Columbus this past weekend.

“I had a great visit and got to know some of the commits,” Schutt told 247Sports. “They were great guys and guys I look forward to playing with, and it’s a great coaching staff, and the whole environment of Ohio State is unbelievable.” 

Ranked as the 5th-best interior lineman in the country, the 6-foot-3, 290-pound Schutt had been thinking about changing ever since Joe Paterno was forced out of State College. He held offers from just about every program in the country and you understand why when watching his film.

"Tommy dominates from start to finish," Lemming said. "Aggressive, tough, and instinctive, he's also very productive. Very fluid in his movements, he can redirect in the blink of an eye, is exceptionally quick off the ball, dominates the point of attack, and can split the double-team and apply pressure on the QB. He has the uncanny knack to play off blocks and find the ball."

The pair gives Ohio State 18 commitments for the class of 2012, now including three interior linemen ranked in the top 10 at their position.


Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: December 13, 2011 11:02 am

Urban Meyer lands two big-time defensive linemen

Since: Jun 17, 2009
Posted on: December 13, 2011 11:01 am

Urban Meyer lands two big-time defensive linemen

Someones bitter.

Since: May 21, 2009
Posted on: December 13, 2011 10:53 am

Urban Meyer lands two big-time defensive linemen

How is OSU going to run the spread option with slow Big Ten type players.....OSU will fail bc you got the sloppy seconds....We all know who had Meyer during his best years , OSU gets a guy who only took the job bc it was a lifelong dream but he isnt up for the long haul....He will not be coach in 5 years....He may not be coach after 3....Enjoy the disappointment bc that what OSU will be experiencing for a while...And when Meyer knows he is about done, watch him run when he figures he has destroyed the talent level....He left UF with 68 scholoarship players ...of course we lost a few after Meyer left in recruiting but Muschamp picked up some so it leveled out , but we were still the equivalent of a team on probation...and he left UF with a bunch of small fast untalented players....kind of tough to run the pro style attack with what Meyer left us.....Michigan is going to beat OSU for the next 10 years

Since: Jan 29, 2009
Posted on: December 13, 2011 9:45 am

Urban Meyer lands two big-time defensive linemen

Yep I agree this is just the beginning for Meyer and the Buckeyes!!  OSU does need help on the Offensive line so hopefully Jordan Diamond commits soon and maybe even Kyle Dodson who is currently committed to Wisconsin.  I do expect Meyer to add 1 more stud to the Dline with #3 overall prospect Noah Spence and that would give the Buckeyes a sick defensive line class that would anchor the defense for a few years.  Go Bucks!!

Since: Apr 7, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2011 8:32 am

Urban Meyer lands two big-time defensive linemen

Now we need a couple big-time O-linemen

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2011 12:17 am

Urban Meyer lands two big-time defensive linemen

It's only just begun!

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