“We Run This State” signs are popular around the state of Georgia following the annual Georgia/Georgia Tech game.
More often than not those signs are red and black because, lets face it, Georgia Tech and Paul Johnson are owned by Mark Richt and the Bulldogs.
However, the person who should personally confiscate every one of those signs for his own collection is living and coaching in Ohio. His name is Urban Meyer and in the category of recruiting there is little doubt that he reigns supreme.
Meyer routinely picked athletic two and three star caliber players from the peach state when he was coaching at Utah. He eventually used those players to knock off Alabama in the Sugar Bowl before heading to Gainesville to coach the University of Florida. Of course, while at Florida, he enjoyed great success on the field while once again utilizing players from the state of Georgia to win two National Championships. Now at Ohio State Urban Meyer is at it again.
In two years at Ohio State Meyer has continued to pick Peach State prospects up as often as any other state in the country. In his 2013 recruiting class Meyer picked up only two Georgia prospects most notably four-star safety Vonn Bell who was also considering hometown UGA as a collegiate option. 2014 is shaping up to be a typical Urban Meyer recruiting class.
Already boasting two Georgia commits, including the nation’s best linebacker Raekwon McMillan, the class includes six offers to uncommitted Georgia prospects. Recruiting the state of Georgia has been a steady habit for Meyer. It really isn’t about the state, as much as it is about the athleticism that comes from the state.
Unlike other prospect-rich states such as Texas, California, and Florida, Georgia has one (I will not include Georgia Tech) major football program. This, of course, means that Meyer and other coaches have only one program to compete with in the state, which causes a free-for-all recruiting mentality.
Raekwon McMillan is the latest in the long list of Georgia prospects to sign on to play for Meyer, but he most certainly won’t be the last. If Mark Richt and coaches from the surrounding states do not address this problem, it seems to me only a matter of time before Ohio State becomes an SEC team, playing in a slow Big Ten. For fans of an SEC team, that is bad news.