Impact of Ohio State satellite camp remains to be seen

BY foxsports • June 18, 2015

Urban Meyer got Ohio State into the satellite camp act this week by attending an event at Florida Atlantic in South Florida. 

It drew a record number of participants -- more than 500 according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel -- for the Owls and gave Meyer a chance to talk to a group of high schoolers growing up far from his home base in Columbus. 

Among the prospects he was able to speak to were Trevon Grimes, a five-star receiver who will be a junior this fall at Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas, and his teammate, five-star senior-to-be Nick Bosa. 

But Meyer already knew both of them, as Bosa is the younger brother of current Ohio State star Joey Bosa and Grimes identified Ohio State as his leader in an interview with Scout.com in May

Grimes reaffirmed that to the Sun-Sentinel, and Meyer declined interview requests from media members in attendance, but Grimes and Bosa didn't mind taking a minute to pose for a photo that has to excite Ohio State fans who follow recruiting. 

In contrast, Michigan's satellite camp tour headlined by head coach Jim Harbaugh scored a pair of under-the-radar recruits from Florida (not to mention other states) and has continued to generate buzz even after its conclusion. 

While Ohio State and Michigan have a lot in common as old rivals and conference mates, satellite camps figure to benefit Harbaugh more, especially at this point in time. He has ground to make up in recruiting after spending the last four seasons in the NFL and almost all of his coaching career on the West Coast. He also coaches in a state that does not have as much depth of talent as Ohio. 

Meyer, meanwhile, has along with his staff been able to gather intel on recruits of all ages since he got back into coaching in late 2011 following a year off. He also has extensive ties to the Sunshine State from his days as head coach at the University of Florida, and he represents a university that has signed an average of two players from the state per year since 1989. 

(H/T South Florida Sun-Sentinel)


share story