Well, all of the talk about the Ohio State Buckeyes’ 2015 recruiting class being a disappointment is slowly going out the window. After there was some serious improvement seen with seven commitments in the month of June, the month of July got off to a tremendous start as head coach Urban Meyer and staff landed five-star linebacker Justin Hilliard committed on Wednesday.
Hilliard is a Buckeye. pic.twitter.com/pR0ihvHEYL
— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) July 2, 2014
Hilliard, out of St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati, also held offers from the Alabama Crimson Tide, Michigan Wolverines, Iowa Hawkeyes and Notre Dame Fighting Irish. But in the end, Hilliard decided that staying in Ohio was best for him.
He recently had a discussion about just how pivotal Coach Meyer was during the recruiting process.
“Coach Meyer is very involved in my recruitment,” he said of the Ohio State head coach. “We talk almost every day. He’s very personal outside of football and all business when he’s involved in the game. It still makes me laugh that I have the ability to pick up the phone and call Coach Meyer, Coach Saban, Coach Ferentz, Coach Kelly, or Coach Hoke. My recruitment has come with plenty of benefits, it’s been an enormous blessing.”
We certainly are glad that all the hard work that Meyer put into the recruitment paid off, and now the recruiting ball for 2015 is really rolling with the first five-star member of the class.
Hilliard is the 11th commitment of the 2015 class now, and the Buckeyes are sure to shoot up the rankings.