Urban Meyer didn’t make many mistakes while he was at Ohio State, and his 83-9 overall record reflects that. But he did seem to struggle a couple of times with recruiting elite players from the state of Ohio – an issue that his successor Ryan Day appears ready to remedy.
According to the Dayton Daily News, Day is changing the school’s approach to in-state prospects. He was recently quoted stating that the school will be more aggressive in recruiting them.
“There are great players in the state of Ohio,” Day said. “We’re out there being aggressive and going after them.”
To that end, Ohio State has already ramped up the number of in-state offers being made for the coming year. Per the report, the Buckeyes have made 13 in-state offers in 2019 – up from 10 the year before, and from nine in 2017.
Day’s efforts to appear to be showing early dividends.
While the Class of 2020, heavily recruited by Meyers, is sitting at only seven recruits at this point, the Class of 2021 already has five in-state commitments including top prospect Paris Johnson Jr. They also have 2022 top in-state prospect Jack Sawyer committed.
Additionally, five of the top-ten prospects from the state of Ohio are committed to the Buckeyes for the Class of 2019, including the top prospect from the state, Zach Harrison. Last year, the team got four of the top five, but not top in-state prospect Jackson Carman.