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Urban Meyer returns to Ohio State
The sound you hear from Columbus that sounds like a million people exhaling?
It’s actually a million people exhaling.
Urban Meyer is back at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center and in his office leading the football program. On Monday, Meyer arrived at Ohio State bright and early, just a little after 6 in the morning on Labor Day. And he got right back to business, including getting on the phone with recruits.
“Meyer called me,” 5-star 2020 linebacker Mekhail Sherman told Lettermen Row. “He was just checking up on me.”
What was the message? Was there any discussion of his suspension or how he spent the last month? It doesn’t appear so.
“Bygones are bygones,” Sherman said. “He was just excited to be back.”
Meyer also called every Ohio State commitment, including 2020 4-star defensive back Lejond Cavazos.
“He called first thing Monday morning,” Cavazos said.
That was also echoed by Kristina Miller, who said Meyer called her and her son, Harry, as soon as he could.
“[He called] first thing,” Kristina Miller said. “It was great. He sounded fired up and ready to go.”
Speaking of Lejond Cavazos
If you’re on Twitter, you may have seen that Cavazos somewhat randomly posted a photo of him during a visit to Oregon.
— Lejond Cavazos (@lejondaryy) September 4, 2018
Why did Cavazos do that? I have no idea.What I do know is that he didn’t visit Oregon this weekend and that at present there are no concerns about the strength of his commitment.
Sometimes social media just makes people do things, I guess.
Turner Corcoran working on next Ohio State visit
Another player that was on the call list for Urban Meyer on Monday was Lawrence (Kan.) Free State 2020 offensive tackle Turner Corcoran, who remains a top priority for the Buckeyes.
“I had a nice, quick phone call with Urban Meyer and Mark Pantoni,” Corcoran told Lettermen Row.
Few guys around the country get the double-dip of Meyer and Pantoni, which is one reason we can comfortably assert that Corcoran is in the upper-tier of targets for Ohio State in 2020. Meyer’s message on his first day back was simple, according to the 6-foot-6, 275-pound 4-star prospect.
“He just said that the players are working hard there,” he said. “He asked about how my family and I were doing and then we talked about me visiting for games this fall.
“We talked about me visiting for the game against [Michigan]. He said that would be a great one for me to go to. I told him it just depends on how far Free State makes it into the playoffs if I’d be able to come.”
Since we’ve passed Sept. 1, Ohio State coaches can now reach out to Corcoran and other 2020 prospects as much as they want to now. So, it was offensive line coach Greg Studrawa talking with the country’s ninth-ranked offensive tackle when the calendar turned over on Saturday. Of course, the Buckeyes best 2020 recruiters may be the current commits, including Paris Johnson, Luke Wypler and Jake Wray. That group regularly finds time to talk with Corcoran, even if it’s not always on the phone.
“I’ll play Fortnite with Paris sometimes,” Corcoran said. “I’ll talk with Luke most of the time, though, and Jake too.”
Siaki Ika’s top eight includes Ohio State
Ohio State made the cut for recently offered defensive tackle Siaki Ika, who cut his list to eight schools on Friday night.
— Siaki Ika'🦁 (@Jackfish801) August 31, 2018
Siaki, the country’s No. 11-ranked defensive tackle and the top-overall prospect in Utah, was offered by Larry Johnson and the Buckeyes on Aug. 1. He visited the school once in the summer of 2017, and he does not yet have any official visit planned to Ohio State. He has made one official trip after visiting USC in June and has an Oct. 13 visit scheduled to LSU.
The Buckeyes do not yet have any defensive tackle commits in the Class of 2019 or 2020.
Birm is Lettermen Row's Director of Recruiting and the site's primary Ohio State sports photographer. A Toledo, Ohio native, Jeremy has been in similar roles for elevenwarriors.com and Landof10.com and has been covering the Buckeyes for seven years.