Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer was back in Detroit on Wednesday, taking a trip to King High School to start recruiting on the 2019 class and beyond.
Meyer has gotten his share of quality athletes from the metro area in past years, including defensive back Damon Webb of Detroit Cass Tech, running back Mike Weber of Cass Tech and offensive tackle Michael Jordan of Plymouth, who became the first true freshman to start on Ohio State’s offensive line since Pro Football Hall of Famer Orlando Pace in 1994.
All three played key roles on Ohio State’s Big Ten championship team this past fall with Webb getting in on 61 tackles while leading the Buckeyes with five interceptions, Webber rushing for 626 yards (6.2 average) and 10 TDs and Jordan helping them average 41 points and 506 yards of total offense.
Webb was the hero in Ohio State’s 24-7 Cotton Bowl win over USC, earning defensive Most Valuable Player honors for setting up one TD with a fumble return and scoring on a 23-yard interception return to close out his college career.
No doubt, Meyer wants more impact players from the Motor City and he was more than likely trying to persuade some King players to head to Columbus to play their college ball, especially hard-hitting junior safety Marvin Grant and sophomore sensation in receiver Rashawn Williams.
“Urban Meyer came in today with the interest in Marvin and Rashawn Williams,” pointed out King coach Tyrone Spencer. “And, Dion Buford is going to be the next big lineman coming out of that 2020 class, a big lineman who is about 6-5, 255.”
Grant is a 6-foot-2, 200-pound four-star safety with offers from multiple schools, including Michigan and Notre Dame. Williams has already been offered by Ohio State.
Spencer said multiple other head coaches have made their way to King during the past several days, including Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio last week.
King won the Division 2 state championship in 2016, then advanced to the state semifinals this past season while winning the PSL title.
Multiple King seniors have already signed with schools, including cornerback Jaeveyon Morton (Iowa State), receiver Erik Gibson (Minnesota) and defensive end Maurice White (Toledo).
Iowa State coach Matt Campbell was back at King on Tuesday to try to find more players like Morton. The Cyclones finished 8-5 with wins against Oklahoma and TCU.
Western Michigan head coach Tim Lester also traveled to King earlier in January.
Spencer noted that running back Jalen Jackson, who transferred in from River Rouge his senior year, rushed for 1,388 yards and 18 TDs, will sign next week with Morgan State.
“With the recruiting process sped up, all of the MAC schools were really full on running backs so he was kind of like caught out there and wasn’t able to get a spot on a MAC team,” said Spencer of Jackson. “Really, this early recruiting thing is going to hurt those kids who have great senior years and trying to get into MAC schools, it will hurt those kids, but it’s going to help the smaller schools, the Division IIs and 1-AAs.”