In the comments of Jordan's most recent recruiting rankings, I posted something along the lines of being pleased with Urban & Co. for getting verbals from so many recruits that seemed to be "under the radar" in terms of star rankings, but were getting love from the camps, specifically The Opening.
While I did not realize it at the time, I was actually praising and bashing ESPN at the same time.
As it has come to my attention, ESPN is indeed involved with The Opening, to an extent which I am still unsure. I know that it is aired on ESPNU, but not much else. As of this past weekend (a big one for OSU recruiting), OSU is still 18th in ESPN's rankings, much lower than the other major sites (10th Rivals, 5th Scout, 9th 24/7).
So I guess the point of this post is to ask this question: If ESPN has connections to The Opening, why is there a dominating amount of OSU recruits attending compared to any other school (at least 4 more by my count as of today)? I know that the camp is ran by Nike, but if ESPN is invested enough to televise the event on their station, don't you think that Nike's evaluation of these players would play a bigger factor with ESPN's talent evaluation? I just think it is absurd for a highly regarded camp to have such a high number of recruits from one school, yet those recruits are not highly regarded by the company that is broadcasting them to the entire country.
I know ESPN has a history of bias towards OSU, but this just seems off to me. Are they slacking, or is the "eSECpn" narrative in full effect here?
And for those wondering: I am not/have not been one of the panicked/over dramatic fans that think the sky is falling because we haven't landed every 5-star recruit this side of the Mississippi; I'm very excited about the talent and potential of the class Urban has built so far. However, I am genuinely curious about this topic, and would love to hear what my fellow 11W faithful have to say. Thanks!
***This is my first ever forum post on 11W, so I don't mean to beat a dead horse if this topic has been discussed in the past.