The father of Penn State four-star commit C.J. Thorpe took matters into his own hands with Urban Meyer concerning his son’s recruitment.
Offensive lineman and Penn State commit C.J. Thorpe is a highly sought-after prospect in the 2017 recruiting class, so naturally he’s had plenty of suitors angling for his attention. Ohio State happened to be one of those suitors, and apparently Thorpe’s father, Chris, a former Penn State running back, wasn’t okay with that. He straight-up told head coach Urban Meyer to give up on recruiting his son.
“Urban Meyer called my dad and he told him he should stop recruiting me because it’s not going to happen,” Thorpe said. “After I got my Penn State offer Urban called my dad and then he fell off the face of the earth. I didn’t know what happened and thought Ohio State was just not offering me, but I talked to my dad a year after the call and he was like, ‘Yeah, I told him he can’t recruit you.’”
Thorpe told ESPN that he chose the Nittany Lions on his own accord, and that he probably wouldn’t have chosen the Buckeyes anyway, but still, it’s a little bizarre to tell Ohio State to buzz off without giving your son—the one being offered a potential scholarship—some sort of heads up.
The 6-foot-3, 318-pound prospect out of Pittsburgh is ranked the No. 11 OG and No. 204 player overall in the 2017 class by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.