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By Matt McCoy
To listen to Urban Meyer's keynote address at the Columbus Chamber of Commerce annual meeting click HERE:
On the morning before the madness that is national signing day, Urban Meyer spoke to more than 1,500 at the Columbus Chamber of Commerce annual meeting.
"I apologize if I lose my train of thought right now but we're knee deep in some really cool stuff as far as trying to bring some really good players into Ohio State," Meyer said. "What do I really do for a living?...I convince 17 and 18 year olds to go to school here. Right now we're down to the wire. We've had some great news in the last few weeks and this could be a heck of a class."
Until Wednesday, when the faxed letters of intent are received, Meyer cannot talk about specific recruits but one would assume the Buckeye coach was excited about the Monday night commitment of all purpose running back Dontre Wilson out of DeSoto, Texas. Wilson is ranked number 55 on ESPN's list of the top prospects nationally.
If you're a Buckeye fan and you have 15 minutes, you'll enjoy the speech. Meyer touched on a little of everything including a story about Lou Holtz in his underwear...seriously. He also shared a funny story involving Ohio State running backs coach Stan Drayton and the father of a potential future Buckeye.
The theme of the Chamber meeting was 'Lead like a Champion' so Meyer also talked about leadership and the 2012 Buckeyes buying into the new staff and eventually going undefeated. You can hear the speech above, but here are some highlights.
On National Signing Day: "This could be a heck of a class. All of our focuses right now (is on signing day.) I'm 48...I'm not the youngest...so there will be some 55 year old fools that are going to be sitting around like two-year olds waiting around a fax machine (Wednesday) morning at 7 a.m....that's really what I do for a living."
Meyer gave his recruiting definitions: "When you hear 'early commit'...in the real lingo that means you're in the final three. I always ask this and deep in my heart I laugh everytime I get the answer...'What chance do we have of getting you?' Zero means you're not coming, 100 means you're done, it's over, you're a Buckeye. When they give you 85 percent or 90 percent, you cut that right in half. That's where you really stand with the young man. Then when hear the words, 'This is my uncle, this is my mentor or this is my advisor,' watch out...stand up..and go the other way. It's probably someone you don't need to be with."
On the 2012 team buying in prior to the Michigan State game: "You look at those first two or three games, that was not a good team on the field. That was a team of evaluators. What I found out is we had a bad team with good people which didn't equate to me. If you have a bad team with bad people, I get it. You just have to implode the whole thing, get them out of here and start fresh. We weren't willing to do that because we had great kids who loved the University and loved each other but they were evaluating too much of our program. We had a couple very intense and hard meetings about where we were at, and then on September 29th at 11:22 a.m. in our pregame meal in East Lansing, Michigan, we had one of the greatest moments I think in Ohio State history. We had a very business like and passionate speech about what we expected if we were going to move forward. We all asked them to grab a toast of championship water, we filled our glasses with water and everybody stood up and we asked them to make a toast to each other but don't you dare put your glass in the middle and you not give us your heart and let us coach you...and on that day those kids opened their hearts and they let us coach them as hard as we possibly could."