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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: Jun 27, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 1:58 pm

Urban Meyer lands two big-time defensive linemen

I think you're getting tOSU mixed up with Miami with your comments on strip clubs.  The truth is that Pittman's girlfriend just signed a scholarship for tOSU basketball team, and they wanted to be together.  If you read Pittman's statements now, he is "very happy" with his decision because it had been weighing on him.  He's a buckeye through and through--"Buckeye born and bred....a Buckeye 'til I'm dead."  GO BUCKS! 

Since: Nov 28, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 1:55 pm

Urban Meyer lands two big-time defensive linemen

Fanatic is spelled "fanatic" not finatic.  You're obviously a Michigan grad.  Go back for your GED and learn how to spell.

Since: Jun 27, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 1:53 pm

Urban Meyer lands two big-time defensive linemen

You may want to check your facts on "anyone can get admitted."  And these players wanted to be Buckeyes and were Tressels recruits, originally.  They changed their minds when Tressel resigned.  There will be more to come; so get used to it.  We will never be considered like the SEC in oversigning.  Why do you think Meyer really left the SEC?  Couldn't stand what he was seeing.  He practically admitted that in his interview.  He was raised a mid-westerner and has those values.  He's back to his home and roots and is probably going to be very comfortable and successful here.  Get over it!!!! 

Since: Jun 30, 2009
Posted on: December 13, 2011 1:53 pm

Urban Meyer lands two big-time defensive linemen

 I bet all those great QB's came from predecessors recruiting classes

Correct me if I am wrong but didnt he recruit his best QB aka Tebow?  You obviously didnt read and do not have much information just seems like you have some hurt feelings or something.  I verbal is just that verbal, once the kid signs they are off limits.  The coaches do not go after the kids who do giver verbals and are not waivering.  They would not waste their time.  So how would Meyer know to talk to these kids?  I am guess a little birdie told him so he made a call. 

Since: Nov 28, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 1:52 pm

Urban Meyer lands two big-time defensive linemen

A little "whine" with that cheeze Michigan boy??  You had tubby Hoke for a year and won the game for a change.  You're just ticked off that you'll be losing "the game" again for many years to come.  Some team has to recruit these players and if Michigan was such an attraction...they'd be playing for tubby Hoke in the big house, but that's not going to happen, is it?

Since: Dec 6, 2007
Posted on: December 13, 2011 1:44 pm

Urban Meyer lands two big-time defensive linemen

The scary thing here is that we are now introducing SEC ethics to the Big 10.  Are we going to see the over recruiting in the Big 10 just like they do it in the SEC?  Is that what it will take to bring a national championship back to the conference?  The only fortunate thing involving his hiring is that he never stayed anywhere long enough to truly form a legacy.  He never showed that he could sustain a program after a star QB graduated, though I haven't looked it up, I bet all those great QB's came from predecessors recruiting classes.  As confusing as recruiting is for high school athletes, when they make a decision they should be off limits to other coaches.  The way I see it, they had their chance, the NCAA should ban any contact from other programs once a verbal has been announced.  I not saying that it should be binding, what I am saying is that if the recruit is second guessing their decision, then he/she should be the one contacting other schools.  I'm thinking that Meyer is just a football version of college basketballs #1 scumbag Calipari.

Since: Sep 28, 2007
Posted on: December 13, 2011 1:42 pm

Urban Meyer lands two big-time defensive linemen

Urban knows how to cheat and pay his players better than psu. Great choice on choosing a disgraceful so-called university where any idiot can get admitted.

Since: Dec 13, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 1:34 pm

Urban Meyer lands two big-time defensive linemen

Lots of hatred for Urban Meyer.

I cannot help but to think some of it may be coming from Gator fans.

I AM a Gator fan.

And I think that any Gator fan who disses Urban Meyer has to be a moron.

Urban brought TWO national championships to the Gators in less time than it took Gator "god" Spurrier to do in bringing ONE.

Them's the cold hard facts.

Urban can't help it if he is a great recruiter.

You Gators had no problem with that when he was with your program.

I hope Will Muschamp succeeds.

Let's give him a chance.

But it will be next to impossible, my beloved Gator fans, to equal the recruiting or coaching skills of an Urban Meyer.

As that moron rush limbaugh says, "it is what it is".

Since: Jun 30, 2009
Posted on: December 13, 2011 1:33 pm

Urban Meyer lands two big-time defensive linemen

skreffy you lost all the little creditability you had.  When does Bama play Texas? 
 This is the LSU OOC scheule for the next 4 years.  Show me the home/homes and the tough part.
  • 09/03 - (at Arlington, TX)
  • 09/10 - Northwestern State
  • 09/24 - at
  • 11/12 -
  • 09/01 -
  • 09/08 -
  • 09/15 -
  • 09/29 - Towson
  • 09/07 -
  • 09/14 -
  • 10/26 - Furman
  • 09/06 - at
  • 09/13 - Georgia Southern
  • 09/05 - Jacksonville State
  • 09/12 -
  • TBA -
  • 09/03 -
  • 09/10 - at
  • 09/17 -
  • 10/15 -

Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: December 13, 2011 1:26 pm

Urban Meyer lands two big-time defensive linemen

And one more thing for those of you arguing about the SEC refusing to play home and homes...just one SEC home game.  The Buckeyes have ALREADY played home and homes against Texas, USC, and Miami.  This year they start a home and home against Cal who kind of sucks now, but were good when they were scheduled.  Next up in 2014-15 is Virginia Tech, and Oklahoma in 2016-17.  I know those matchups aren't as intruguing as the yearly SEC battles with D-II Abilene Christian, but nonetheless give college football fans what they deserve....contested games early in the season
Dude, learn to read.  LSU has played home and homes with almost the entire Big-12, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, etc.  Auburn does teh same with Georgia and USC, Bama with Penn State and Texas, Arkansas and Texas A&MFlorida plays Miamai and Florida State EVERY YEAR lol.  I know those matchups are as intriguing as Youngstown, Eastern Michigan, Lehigh, etc. but I will grant that all of those teams are better than Minnessota & Indiana. 

Indiana lost to North Texas & Ball State (really?) and played no other major BCS teams, Illinois played Arkansas State, South Dakota State (who?), & Western Michigan (admittedly better than most of the Big-10), Ohio State got Miami on and off year and was pummeled; their other games were against Akron & Toledo lol.  Purdue took on Rice, Middle Tennessee State, SEMO, and Notre Dame (awful opponents) and lost to Rice & Notre Dame!  Penn State we know was destroyed at home by Bama while also playing Indiana State, Temple, and Eastern Michigan lol.  UNLV, South Dakota, Northern Illinios & Oregon State (finally a BCS team!) for might Wisconsin.  It gets worse but just look for yourself and the facts will make youo feel silly, if you are affected by logic and evidence that is.

Not even close sparky, not even close.

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