Urban Meyer and recruiting coincide like peas and carots. Ever since he was calling the shots at the University of Utah, something about him has been appealing to top notch recruits. His two national championships are evidence of that in themselves. Another key to the success of the Toledo, Ohio native is his ability to bring in top tier quarterbacks. Alex Smith was one of them and he’s now the starting quarterback on a 49ers team that was three points shy of winning Super Bowl XLVII. Tim Tebow’s another one and he had a spectacular college career, winning the Heisman trophy as a sophomore and being a big time contributor on two national championship winning squads.
Even though Meyer has a respectable signal caller in Braxton Miller (the Big Ten Football MVP in the 2012 season) at his disposal, and he brought in dual threat quarterback J.T. Barrett in the 2012 recruiting class, the future of his program is still in mind just as it always seems to be.
Without further ado, here’s a list of the quarterbacks that have both received sholarship offers from and are considering attending THE Ohio State University.
Schools of Interest: Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, California, Colorado State, Duke, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Penn State, Stanford, Texas A&M, UCLA, USC, Washington, and West Virginia
Scholarship Offers From Schools of Interest: Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, California, Colorado State, Duke, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, UCLA, and West Virginia
Storyline: Playing for Desert Mountain High School in Scottsdale, Arizona, Allen showed glimpses of greatness all throughout his junior season while being very accurate and efficient with the pig skin. Being the leader of a Wolves team that went 9-3 in 2012, the senior-to-be already appears to be more than ready for big time college football. No matter what conference or offensive scheme he winds up in, he’s liable to have a tremendous amount of success as he’s arguably the best pocket passer in all of the 2014 class. He has quick enough feet to both escape the pocket and pick up yards on the ground, and move around oncoming defenders until a receiver springs open, too.
One thing that might work in Urban Meyer and Ohio State’s favor is the fact that Allen is used to operating out of the spread offense. It’ll be interesting to see where this skilled distributor of the football will end up. Wherever it is, he’s going to make a lot of fans and coaches happy!
Brandon Harris, Bossier City, Louisiana
Schools of Interest: Alabama, Arizona State, Arkansas, Auburn, Baylor, Houston, Indiana, Louisiana Tech, LSU, McNeese State, Mississippi State, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Tennessee, and Texas A&M
Scholarship Offers From Schools of Interest: Alabama, Arizona State, Arkansas, Auburn, Baylor, Houston, Indiana, Louisiana Tech, LSU, McNeese State, Mississippi State, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Tennessee, and Texas A&M
Storyline: In the middle of SEC territory, Harris has gotten scholarship offers from teams out of every major conference in college football. Showing pinpoint accuracy while throwing the deepball and appearing to know just how much touch to put on his passes, Harris has the potential to become a great pocket passer in college. Add to that to his rushing abilities and he’s a legitimate threat to score a touchdown on any given play. Afterall, he racked up 2,673 passing yards, 677 rushing yards, and 38 total touchdowns as a junior in 2012. Pretty impressive no matter how you look at it!
Zack Darlington, Apopka, Florida
Schools of Interest: Arizona, Boston College, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Southern Miss, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia
Scholarship Offers From Schools of Interest: Arizona, Boston College, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Southern Miss, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia
Storyline: Playing for an Apopka Blue Darters highschool football team that was ranked 66th in the entire country and 7th in the state of Florida in the 2012 season, Darlington showed glimpses of greatness all year while guiding his team to a 15-2 record and a Florida Class 8A state championship. Looking at some of his highlights might remind you of former Gator quarterback Tim Tebow.
He is talented as a passer, and he has quick enough wheels to make a significant difference in the running game. However, he appears to be a little faster than the former Heisman and national championship winner. He should make a significant impact no matter where he chooses to play his college ball.