Urban Meyer definitely knows how to make an entrance. In his first year with the program, the man who helped turn Tim Tebow into a household name led his Ohio State Buckeyes to a perfect season. As a result of their infamous tattoo scandal the team wasn’t BCS Bowl eligible, but that didn’t really matter. A statement was made. Both Meyer and the Buckeyes were officially the class of that conference.
As the reigning Big Ten champs, Ohio State enjoyed a ton of recruiting success this year. Meyer is just great at bringing in prospects in general, and the program’s sunny outlook no doubt helped move things along as well. Unfortunately, the Buckeyes’ success in that department doesn’t change the fact that, as a whole, the Big Ten’s recruiting pales in comparison to the SEC’s recruiting.
During a recent appearance on “Bishop & Rothman”, Meyer made it a point to really highlight that.
“We do need to as a conference need to keep pushing that envelope to be better,” said Meyer.
“Our whole conversation [at the Big Ten coaches meeting] needs to be about ‘how do we recruit?’ When you see 11 of the SEC teams are in the top 25 that’s something that we need to improve.”
He’s not wrong. The Big Ten does need to step it up. As does the Pac-12. As does the Big 12. As does every other conference not named the SEC. But what does Meyer have to gain from the other Big Ten schools improving in the recruiting department?