Josh Myers became the perfect recruit for Ohio State's top-ranked 2017 class
Josh Myers only had one season of high school football under his belt. By the time spring of his freshman year rolled around, he had a handful of Division I offers. The Miamisburg, Ohio native was the first 2017 recruit to get an offer from Michigan. Cincinnati and Tennessee offered him on the same day.
The five-star offensive tackle took a couple unofficial visits knowing that his recruitment was going to be a thorough one. Then the Ohio State offer came.
Did he understand how rare it was to get an offer like that as a freshman?
“Yeah, big time,” Myers said. “Once I got offered by (Ohio State), I was like, ‘Wow.’ I started to realize this could end up getting crazy real quick.”
Like most five-star recruits, Myers got offered from anyone and everyone. Nick Saban, Brian Kelly and Mark Dantonio were just a few of the coaches hoping to land the future building block.
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The No. 3 recruit in the country could’ve dragged out his recruitment until his senior year and kept schools on the edges of their seats.
Instead, he committed to Ohio State as a sophomore. Since then, he’s been the perfect recruit.
After Myers announced his commitment, he didn’t visit any other schools. He did, however, make the 86-mile trip east to Columbus “tons” of times, which made him feel like he was already part of the program. Conversations he had with non-Ohio State coaches were to tell them that he wasn’t interested anymore and that he didn’t want to waste their time. Only recently did they start to get the hint.
No matter how early he committed, Myers wasn’t breaking his commitment then and he isn’t breaking it now.
“I was always taught by my parents that when you give someone your word, that’s your word. That’s how it is. You’ve got to keep it now,” Myers said. “My parents told me that when I was ready to commit, they were like ‘When you commit, you’re not decommitting unless something drastic changes. You better make sure you’re ready to commit if you’re going to commit.’
“I just was, so I did.”
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Myers is the centerpiece of Ohio State’s No. 1-ranked 2017 class. Already loaded with seven top-100 recruits — Oklahoma’s second-ranked class only has two — the Buckeyes are on their way to signing their top group in program history.
The pieces formed around Myers and fellow early five-star commit Shaun Wade just as they hoped.
“It’s incredible, honestly,” Myers said. “It speaks volumes about the type of person that Coach (Urban) Meyer is. It’s not a mistake that our class is what it is and the class ahead of us was. The way that he recruits, I felt personally, there was no one else that recruited like that.”
It helps that the coaching staff has a recruit like Myers. Why wouldn’t running backs and quarterbacks salivate at the idea of playing behind the top 2017 offensive lineman? Besides a top talent, the Buckeyes also have a top pitchman in Myers.
When the Buckeye coaching staff is making an extra push for a top recruit, they’ll have Myers reach out to him on social media or talk to them over the phone. When a recruit is seeing Columbus for the first time, Myers can show him around.
Becoming an extension of the OSU recruiting staff was something Myers embraced.
“The last couple months, I’ve gotten to do a bunch more of it, which has been really exciting,” Myers said. “In the last couple months, they’ve definitely given me a lot of names of guys and said, ‘Hey go talk to this kid and get to know him.’ It’s been nice getting to go recruit kids and get to talk to them.”
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Myers will put on his recruiting hat again on Saturday at the spring game with loads of top 2017 recruits expected to be in attendance.
No. 1 overall recruit Najee Harris, an Alabama running back commit, will be in Columbus. No. 1 2017 receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones will make his second straight trip to OSU and four-star dual-threat quarterback Kellen Mond will be there, too.
Myers understands that this isn’t a typical visit to Columbus.
“We can make some big moves this Saturday with recruits and getting to know them and making a good impression,” he said, “especially if The Shoe fills it with 100,000.”
That, Myers said, would be unheard of. Also unheard of would be a B1G team locking down a No. 1 class. In the era of recruiting rankings, that’s never happened before.
But Myers knows that there’s work to be done.