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  • Since becoming the second verbal commitment to Ohio State's 2012 recruiting class 16 months ago, St. Francis de Sales (Columbus, Ohio) running back Warren Ball believes he might have learned a few life lessons.

    Photo by Tom Lemming

    Warren Ball, St. Francis De Sales

    As he watched the Buckeyes go through the firing of Jim Tressel, a 6-7 finish last fall under interim coach Luke Fickell and the addition of Urban Meyer as coach last November, the 6-foot-2, 215-pounder couldn't help but realize he's grown through the experience.

    "When you're dedicated through something you might experience adversity, but if you stick with it, nothing but good things will happen," said Ball, who is the No. 9-ranked big back according to MaxPreps.

    Perhaps the worst really is behind Ball and a class that had stretched to 25 by late afternoon on National Signing Day.

    After initially reeling in Kyle Kalis of St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio) as a verbal commit in September of 2010, the No. 15-ranked offensive tackle switched his commitment to Michigan last July amid the turmoil enveloping OSU's program. Also last summer, McKinley (Canton, Ohio) defensive lineman Sevon Pittman announced he was choosing Michigan State over Ohio State.

    After offensive lineman Pat Elflein of Pickerington North (Ohio) verballed to Ohio State in mid-July last year, Ohio State reeled in only one additional player until Meyer was on board in late November.

    The verbal commitment of Taft (Cincinnati) defensive lineman Adolphus Washington on Nov. 22, however, began a string of success. Washington is ranked 49th overall and seventh among defensive ends according to MaxPreps.

    Pittman, who is ranked 11th among defensive ends by MaxPreps, switched his commitment to Ohio State on Dec. 12. On the same day, the No. 47 overall player, Tommy Schutt of Glenbard West (Glen Ellyn, Ill.), also verballed to the Buckeyes.

    Then Noah Spence of Bishop McDevitt (Harrisburg, Pa.) verballed to Ohio State on Dec. 18. Spence is the No. 3-ranked recruit overall including the top-ranked defensive end according to MaxPreps.

    OSU also added a few late surprises, such as the signings of cornerback Armani Reeves from Catholic Memorial School (West Roxbury, Mass.), defensive end Jamal Marcus from Hillside (Durham, N.C.) and offensive tackle Kyle Dodson from Cleveland Heights (Ohio) on NSD.

    Dodson formally had verballed to Wisconsin while Marcus chose the Buckeyes over East Carolina.

    The late run of success in recruiting helped OSU's class rank No. 3 nationally.

    "I am so happy, just so happy to be a Buckeye," Marcus told the Columbus Dispatch. "It's just the whole thing about Ohio State, the coaches, coach Meyer, the competition, the school – just everything about it told me to pick Ohio State."

    For players such as outside linebacker Joshua Perry from Olentangy (Lewis Center, Ohio), Ohio State long had been the No. 1 choice. Perry was the first OSU recruit for 2012 more than 18 months ago whose dream it has been since childhood to play for the Buckeyes. He is ranked No. 180 overall and the No. 7 player at his position according to MaxPreps.

    Perry is already enrolled at Ohio State but attended a ceremony celebrating his signing and those of several other athletes at Olentangy early in the morning of Feb. 1.

    "I knew I was going to get the best in terms of coaching because it was the Ohio State University and you know you're going to get good bowl games in the future," Perry said. "There was never any doubt."

    If the past two months are an accurate gauge, then the turbulence that players like Ball and Perry have experienced might just be calming enough to provide some enjoyment.

    "Coach Meyer is a high-intensity guy that cares about his players, and he has really high expectations for us," Perry said. "He's been able to bring in the best talent in America, especially the past few months. When I first committed it was obviously to play for coach Tressel, and he did a lot of wonderful things for the University. When they let him go, they had coach Fickell and I thought he was a competent coach, but coach Meyer is a known winner."

    Jarrod Ulrey has covered prep sports for ThisWeekSPORTS.com for 17 years and can be reached at julrey@thisweeknews.com.
  • Urban Meyer is off to a hot start at Ohio State.

    Photo by Todd Shurtleff

    Se'von Pittman, McKinley

    Yesterday, Meyer flipped two talented defensive linemen who were committed to other Big 10 schools: Se'von Pittman (Michigan State) and Tommy Schutt (Penn State.)

    With a few more defensive line recruits, Ohio State's class may start to resemble Meyer's last class at Florida, which featured Ronald Powell, Dominique Easley and Sharrif Floyd.

    Pittman (No. 63) and Schutt (No. 46) join a class that already features Top 100 defensive end Adolphus Washington, the nation's No. 57 recruit.

    Ohio State currently sits at No. 7 in the team recruiting rankings.

    However, Meyer is still not finished.

    The Buckeyes appear to be making a late push for defensive end Darius Hamilton, the nation's No. 38 recruit and leader of a very stingy Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) defense. Rutgers currently leads the chase, but it would not be out of character for Meyer to pull a recruiting coup on National Signing Day.

    Additionally, watch for Ohio State to become a player in the recruitment of Stefon Diggs and potentially Noah Spence. One of Diggs' leaders, Florida, may have taken a hit after losing offensive coordinator Charlie Weis, while Spence could be up for grabs in the wake of the Penn State scandal.

    Eddie Goldman, the nation's No. 2 uncommitted defensive tackle, is not being recruited by Meyer, according to Goldman's father.
  • When Michigan State pulled a scholarship offer away from Thornridge High School running back Mikail McCall in December, Iowa swooped in quickly. Despite other Big Ten offers from Illinois, Purdue and Minnesota, McCall verbaled to Iowa in late December and followed up by signing a national letter of intent with the Hawkeyes.

    Iowa has the nation's No. 17 recruiting class.

    McCall, 6-foot and 215 pounds, rushed for 1,328 yards and 14 touchdowns his senior season, the second time in three years that he topped 1,000 yards. He is the son of former WBC heavyweight boxing champion Oliver McCall.

    McCall and Edwardsville running back Rodney Coe, ranked No. 73 on the MaxPreps national list, were among four Illinois high school recruits scooped by the Hawkeyes. The other two are 6-foot-7 defensive end Riley McMinn of Rochester and 6-4, 260-pound offensive lineman Jordan Walsh of Glenbard West High School in Glendale Heights.