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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.

Comments

Since: Dec 13, 2009
Posted on: December 13, 2011 7:34 pm
 

Urban Meyer lands two big-time defensive linemen

Now go get someone that can get open and catch the ball.  I still don't see OSU beating SEC regularly until the rest of the Big10 improves.  Hard to play up to a level when you're constantly playing down a level. 



Since: Sep 17, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 7:28 pm
 

Urban Meyer lands two big-time defensive linemen

pretty sure the time osu played lsu in a home and home, they tied in lsu, and osu won at the shoe



Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: December 13, 2011 7:15 pm
 

Urban Meyer lands two big-time defensive linemen

And I knew it wouldn't take long for Meyer to start poaching recruits from other schools.



Since: Aug 26, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 7:01 pm
 

Urban Meyer lands two big-time defensive linemen

I knew it wouldnt take long befor Urban Myer returned OSU to the promis land



Since: Dec 13, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 6:58 pm
 

Urban Meyer lands two big-time defensive linemen

I'm guessing you are an Alabama or LSU fan. Otherwise, you must not know much about college football!



Since: Dec 13, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 6:37 pm
 

Urban Meyer lands two big-time defensive linemen

They They will still BLOW. It. After all they are Ohio State



Since: Oct 15, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2011 6:37 pm
 

Urban Meyer lands two big-time defensive linemen

The fact is Meyer can recruit top of the line talent and will bring SEC speed to Columbus. 

Ohio State has had more players drafted since 2000 than any other school.  Funny how they don't have "SEC speed" but they seem to have enough speed for that slow league they call the NFL. 



Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2011 6:33 pm
 

Urban Meyer lands two big-time defensive linemen

The thing about Dantonio is that sure he'll be disappointed that Pittman is going to OSU, but he's always told these kids that he wants them to do what is best for them.  If that means playing for Michigan State, that's great or if they go to another school. 



Since: Sep 26, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 6:26 pm
 

Urban Meyer lands two big-time defensive linemen

Last week their recruiting class was not even rated in the top 100. Today it is rated #7 and climbing faster then Brady Hokes (a joke of a coach) waist line is approaching a size 60. He should hit that mark by Christmas. Mr. Joke is a great example to all the great athletes at the NCAA level about what not to look like. I heard he has a special assistant to make sure his shoes match because he has not viewed his feet in over 15 years. The OSU dominance is back on track. Thanks Santa for Urban Meyer.




Since: May 23, 2010
Posted on: December 13, 2011 6:22 pm
 

Urban Meyer lands two big-time defensive linemen

Shocking that Urb is doing well out on the recruiting trail, what with the NCAA making the boneheaded decision to allow one group of coaches to prepare the team for their bowl game while another group is recruiting. This might be the dumbest thing in college football since handing Alabama a second chance at LSU in the BCS Championship Game, when that contest had already been fought. Seriously, did Coach Dantonio have a fair shot at last minute recruiting efforts to keep Pittman? Did Coach Bradley have the same to keep Schutt? The answer is NO, as they are now busy in preparations for their respective bowl games. Yet, in order to be fair to the Ohio school that violated NCAA rules, the same school that played 5 boys in the Sugar Bowl last season who should have been held out, the NCAA gives them an unfair advantage? That the Ohio school is changing head coaches is their choice, and it should come at a cost. Ah, the NCAA. What a bastion of fairness! WOOF!


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