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Scarlet Sunrise: Jordan Fuller’s return to Ohio State is huge for the Buckeyes

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Jordan Fuller announced he's returning for the 2019 season. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Jordan Fuller’s return to Ohio State is huge for the Buckeyes

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Jordan Fuller returns

Ohio State got some incredible news on Thursday when safety Jordan Fuller announced he’s coming back for another season.

Fuller announced his decision publicly on Thursday, taking just two days to finalize his plans after helping Ohio State cap a season that already included a Big Ten championship with a win in the Rose Bowl. And now he’ll be working this offseason with an eye on an even bigger prize, which wound up being just one of a handful of factors that eventually guided him back to the Buckeyes.

“I had a long talk with my parents and older brother about it,” Fuller told Lettermen Row. “We all thought it would be in my best interest to stay for multiple reasons. One was that Ohio State has been nothing but amazing to me. Everything from school, to football, to my teammates, to our Real Life Wednesday program has helped me become the man I am today. I think another year would only benefit me.

“Also, personally, I feel like my best football is ahead of me. I have a whole other level of my game that I want to tap into. Lastly, my teammates are a big part of why I wanted to stay. We’re all so close and feel like there’s unfinished business we need to take care of.”

Mike Yurcich as a recruiter

How will new passing game coordinator/quarterbacks coach Mike Yurcich fit in at Ohio State as a recruiter? Lettermen Row recruiting czar Birm tackled that topic in Thursday’s recruiting question of the day. Here’s part of what he had to say:

In his career, according to the 247Sports.com tracker, Yurcich has led the way on a number of star prospects that chose the Cowboys, so he’s shown the ability to connect with kids and their families. He was the lead recruiting the efforts to land 4-star tight end Grayson Boomer, who signed with Oklahoma State and also landed current Pittsburgh Steeler’s quarterback Mason Rudolph out of South Carolina.

Ohio State is a whole different beast though, and it won’t take long for Yurcich to find that out. Mark Pantoni and his recruiting machine are incredibly well-organized and efficient and it’s not an easy adjustment to make for coaches used to a more laidback approach to recruiting. But it won’t take long to learn how the newest assistant coach fits in with the Buckeyes.

Just a reminder: Urban Meyer was historically great

Ohio State is a program that wins more consistently than pretty much any program in the country. So with that in mind, I offered a reminder to Ohio State fans that I hope they appreciate that one of the best to ever do it coached their team for seven years. Here’s a small sample of some of Urban Meyer’s accomplishments:

  • Over the last seven years, Ohio State lost nine games. Nine. In a resurgent Big Ten conference. The absolute worst-case scenario under Meyer was a 10-2 regular season. It happened *once.* One time in seven years. The rest were 11-1 or 12-0.
  • Urban Meyer is the only Ohio State coach to finish his career undefeated against Michigan. He was 7-0, and many of them weren’t close. Given the rate at which Jim Harbaugh has won at other stops, it’s fair to at least theorize that Meyer’s domination in the rivalry ruined Michigan’s best chance at returning to status as a national power.
  • Almost nobody won more frequently. Ever. Meyer’s final career winning percentage is .855, which is the third-best in the history of the sport for coaches with 10 or more seasons. Nick Saban isn’t close to that. At Ohio State, the number was .903. He won more than NINETY PERCENT OF HIS GAMES at Ohio State.
  • Every single year they were eligible under Meyer, the Buckeyes reached a BCS or New Year’s Six Bowl. For those keeping track: Orange, Sugar, CFP Championship, Fiesta, Fiesta, Cotton, Rose. That’s an outrageous run.
  • He won big games, including the Sugar, CFP Championship, Fiesta, Cotton and Rose. There was also the aforementioned spotless record against Michigan and he won three of the four Big Ten title games he coached in.
  • Even as Saban racked up titles at an unprecedented pace, he’s still lost eight games in the span Meyer lost nine (and he could still lose another on Monday). When there are this many teams, there’s some luck and randomness when it comes to when 11-1 is good enough and when it isn’t.

So yeah. Pretty good.

Counting down

  • Ohio State hoops vs. Michigan State: 1 day
  • National Signing Day: 33 days

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Ryan Ginn

Ryan Ginn has covered Ohio State football and recruiting since 2013, having done so previously for Buckeye Sports Bulletin and Landof10.com. He is currently a student at Tulane Law School and resides in New Orleans, La.

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