College football head coaches find whatever pitch they can use when it comes to recruiting the best high school players from across the country. It's a brutal business and coaches have to use all the advantages they have.
For a lot of universities, one of those advantages is being a big fish in a small pond. A lot of schools play in cities without professional sports teams so they get the pro treatment. Schools like Nebraska, Alabama, Oklahoma and Florida all come mind.
One school that doesn't have that advantage is
The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Just don't tell that to Buckeyes football coach Urban Meyer. From a recent interview with the Atlanta Journal Constitution:
Why should Georgia's elite 2015 prospects consider Ohio State?
"You get a premium education with the opportunity to go compete for a national championship in a large city that really has no professional sports team. There's a lot to be offered up here."
Well he was having a good pitch until he hit that "really has no professional sports teams" part.
Coach Meyer, the Blue Jackets would like to say hello from that nice arena in downtown Columbus. They are in the NHL, have an award-winning goaltender with a fun name, uniforms and everything. It's really pretty great.
(Nevermind that Columbus is also home to Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew or even the Triple A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, the Columbus Clippers.)
Now it's not really deniable that the Buckeyes football team is the biggest draw in town, they are a pretty big deal and for good reason with their rich history. But they're not the only show in town. If the Blue Jackets make it into the postseason this year maybe he'll be forced to take notice.
For what it's worth, Meyer did make some small amends with the Blue Jackets by showing up and Joining the Battle.