Any college football coach will tell you that there really isn’t an exact science to recruiting top-notch players. In reality, recruiting is one of the biggest gambles in sports. Regardless of how a young man is rated by the recruiting services, you don’t know what you’re getting until you see him on the field for your team.
So how does Ohio State coach Urban Meyer go about all of that? Well he recently talked a little bit about that.
“You see the NFL Draft every year and guys are getting drafted from small schools or they’re unheard of and then five-star guys disappear,” Meyer said last week during Big Ten Media Days. “There’s some ways we try to find out. It’s hard for me because I’m not allowed to go out. It’s the (assistant) coach that goes in and does his work that asks the hard questions that comes back to me and says, he’s a five-star, but …
“One thing that I like to do – how does he play in his rivalry game? How winded is he in the fourth quarter against a good team to win a championship? That’s what I try to personally watch, because those are the ones that usually turn out fantastic. The five-star that pulls his hamstring every year before a rivalry game or gets shut out, you’re like, why did that happen?”
Again, it’s the biggest gamble all of sports, and the NFL Draft example that he used in the beginning is the best way to show that.