How Urban Meyer is reportedly keeping trust with 2019 recruits during investigation
Scandals and investigations can have a serious affect on a college football program, a university and the current and future student-athletes associated with the school.
With the ongoing investigation into Urban Meyer at Ohio State, there have undoubtedly been some concerns surrounding the future of the program, especially when it comes to some of the prospects who have already committed to Meyer and the Buckeyes.
But Meyer and other members of his coaching staff are still communicating with their 2019 prospects, keeping them up-to-date with the situation in Columbus.
Sports Illustrated writer Ross Dellenger was able to gather some information about the message Meyer and the coaching staff was sending to the 2019 commitments. Here’s an excerpt from Dellenger’s story, highlighting how Ohio State staff have been handling the situation:
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.
There’s a sense of reassurance and calmness between Meyer, the staff and the recruits, at least that appears to be the case from an outsiders perspective.
Some of Ohio State’s 2019 commitments have already stated that they’re still committed to the program, and one 5-star recruit even said he believes Meyer will “come back stronger.”
Ohio State has 15 commitments in its 2019 recruiting class, which ranks eighth nationally and first in the B1G.
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