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What Urban Meyer Is Reportedly Telling Ohio State's 2019 Recruits

A closeup of Urban Meyer walking onto the field for an Ohio State football game.

MADISON, WI - OCTOBER 15: Head Coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes walks onto the field before the start of the game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium on October 15, 2016 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

Urban Meyer remains on administrative leave as Ohio State looks into the Zach Smith debacle. However, the Buckeyes have held on to all of their 2019 commits thus far.

It is currently a college football recruiting dead period, as of August 1, so all communications must come from players to coaches, not the other way around. Meyer is also without his university-issued phone during the investigation.

His message is still getting to the players that it needs to though.

Sports Illustratedwriter Ross Dellenger spoke to a number of people involved in the upcoming Ohio State class, who broke down how they are managing this current situation.

Ohio State coaches, and the Buckeyes' current commits, are standing firm through this period of uncertainty surrounding Urban Meyer.

Obviously, Ohio State coaches want to project a sense of calm and security. It does seem like they're confident about the outcome of the investigation though:

As the school continues its investigation into Meyer’s handling of domestic violence allegations against former wide receivers coach Zach Smith, the commits are all getting assurances from Ohio State staff members and, through intermediaries, from Meyer himself. “His messages are getting to the kids, and his side is being communicated,” says one high school coach of a 2019 commit. As the investigation into Meyer’s handling of the Zach Smith situation winds down—news could come at any moment, and the school put a 14-day deadline on the investigatory group’s process on Aug. 5—Ohio State has not lost any of the pledges in its 2019 class. One of the reasons for that is becoming clear: Some recruits are receiving all-will-be-well assurances indirectly from Meyer, whose university phone was confiscated when he was placed on leave Aug. 1.

Ohio State has been praised for its ability to communicate, even through what would be a crisis for many programs. One high school coach says that not much has changed with Meyer sidelined.

So far, Ohio State has held this group together, and 247Sports director of recruiting Steve Wiltfong believes the staff’s communication with recruits is behind it. “I think if it was a different school with a staff that didn’t do as good of a job communicating, you’d probably have more fallout,” Wiltfong says. “Ohio State is as good as it gets in communicating with their kids and targets.”

Brad Dingess, Nester’s head coach at Spring Valley High, says the exchanges between his player and the staff, namely offensive line coach Greg Studrawa, “hasn’t changed one bit. They touch base like normal.”

The Buckeyes currently have 15 players committed, two of whom are five-star players, and another 10 of whom are four-stars. The class is currently ranked No. 8 in the country.

[Sports Illustrated]