In recent years, I’ve always waited until like, March, to take a vacation. But as the recruiting calendar changes, so do I. With a dead period that kicked off at the end of July this year, I decided to take a little break before the rigors of the football season came full throttle, thinking it’d be a smart, safe time to do so.
Well, as you know, all hell broke loose around the Ohio State football program and even though there are no recruits visiting any schools and there’s been no media availability for preseason stuff to this point, I feel like I’ve missed a whole bunch of things.
What I’ve missed most of all, though? Your questions. Here’s today’s Recruiting Question of the Day and I’m glad to answer it for you, Jeff.
What are recruits saying about what this situation has become in Columbus?
First of all, as I’ve alluded to, we’re in a recruiting dead period. No recruits are on campus or able to visit if they wanted to. No Ohio State coaches are on the road, or able to be if they wanted. High school programs around the nation are ramping up for the football season, and the Buckeyes are hunkered down and preparing for the start of the 2018 season as well.
If it is possible for this gigantic mess to happen at a good time, this may be it. Ohio State’s coaching staff has gone out of its way to talk to every single commitment and their families. They’ve been busy on the phones with the school’s top targets, letting them know where things stand now, and perhaps most importantly, where things could be going. But until the six-person panel leading the investigation finishes their work, everything is a waiting game.
There’ve been no decommitments from any current Ohio State verbal commits, though multiple players pledged to the program have confirmed a serious increase in contact from other schools. That’s a sign that right now the guys committed to Meyer’s program believe things will work out OK for the seventh-year head coach of the Buckeyes.
That doesn’t mean there aren’t concerns, because again, there are. There is a definite wait-and-see vibe around the current commits, and that’s both a fair and correct response, far more measured than most media members have taken. These are kids and their families waiting for whatever truth is to be revealed before making any life-altering decisions.
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