The day after National Signing Day Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer joined Cleveland Sports Night. Meyer talked to Kenny Roda about the class of 2013, the strength of that class, and if they good enough to win the Big Ten Title and a National Championship.
You said you expected yesterday to be a “Good day" and then you said it turned out to be a “Great day" for Ohio State and the Class of 2013. Why was it a “Great day"?
Well, we had three on the bubble, Dontre Wilson, James Clark and Vonn Bell, all highly, highly recruited men who had a chance to go to Top 5 places, Top 10 places and I thought, usually past experience you hit one out of three, maybe two out of three is going to be hard, and three out of three is probably not going to happen. The last call came, we got Vonn Bell and we got all three!
Where is the strength of Ohio State’s 2013 recruiting class?
I think offensive skill and defensive skill. You look at the corners we signed, they’re all long players from Cam Burrows, Eli Apple and Gareon Conley to a safety at Vonn Bell and Worley out of Cleveland. And then on offense I think you added four potential second level guys, I call them second level players. They’re guys who can make people miss one you get them to the second level, that’s Ezekiel Elliot, Dontre, Jalin Marshall and James Clark. Those are guys we’re real excited to have.
With the kids you have coming back, with their growth and knowledge of your systems, and now with this recruiting class, how close do you think you are to challenging for the Big Ten Title and National Title?
Well our goal is to compete for championships in November. And I think we’ll do that next year. I think the Big Ten Conference will get stronger. I think Ohio State, because of last year, will be in some rankings. So we don’t worry too much about the National Title. We have to get to the Rose Bowl though, that’s our goal and that’s always been the goal of Ohio State, beat our rival and go to the Rose Bowl and that will never change!
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