A few weeks ago, Alabama coach Nick Saban, in a rant about the proliferation of satellite camps, said that football was the one sport where the high school coach still matters.
On Saturday, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer echoed that sentiment.
Speaking to about 600 high school football players, Meyer talked about how he and his staff evaluate players, and if the camps they attend have any bearing on Ohio State’s recruitment of them.
In short, no. Not at all.
“I’m involved in all this recruiting,” Meyer said. “‘Do I have to go to this camp?’ No. I’ve got a better idea. Go become your high school coach’s best player, so when our staff goes to the high school, guess what the high school coach tells us? The same thing I said (to the NFL) about Zeke Elliott, about (Joey) Bosa, Eli Apple, Taylor Decker, Darron Lee, Vonn Bell, Mike Thomas, Braxton Miller: ‘Take them. They’re the real deal. They’re teachers’ players. You can count on them.’”
Meyer went on to say that if a high school coach tells him to take a player the OSU coaches are looking at, they usually do.
“Don’t worry about (camps),” he went on. “That’s all fun stuff, that’s great. But that’s not why Ohio State recruits you. I can speak for the majority of my friends that coach football. That means nothing. What means something is the recommendation of the high school football coach.”
He closed by saying, essentially, don’t make things harder than they are. If you want to be desired by major college football programs, be your team’s best player, and make your coaches proud.
“If you’re captain of your high school team, and you’re talented enough, you got a great chance of being here,” Meyer said. “If you’re very talented and you’re not a captain, I’m gonna find out why. Because something’s not right.”