So Coach Vrabel addressed the crowd at the Block "O" banquet last night and he told an interesting story about Urban Meyer teaching him the ropes about recruiting. I thought it was interesting. I'm going to paraphrase a bit since I didn't record it:
Vrabel: I played in the NFL and really didn't have any experience recruiting. I figured, it's Ohio State and it'll be an easy sell (he cracked a joke about getting his wife to date him), but Coach Meyer wanted a very specific type of player. So I walked into his office and said, okay coach, what type of player do you want?
Urban: "You know the guy that gets knocked down and gets back up?"
Vrabel: "Of course, he's a tough player"
Meyer: "Yeah but we don't want him"
Vrabel: "Okay, so what do you want?"
Meyer: "You know that guy that gets hit, gets back up, and takes another hit?"
Vrabel: "Yeah, he's the toughest kid alive, he fits the program"
Meyer: "Well we don't want him either"
Vrabel: 'Well who do you want coach?"
Meyer: "We want the kid doing the hitting"
And then the crowd lost it, but it seems to fit. Defense first mentality.
- Had high praise for Spence/Washington/Bennett, went on for almost three minutes about how Chris Carter (at 395lbs) used to just take up space and take the free meals/bed. Now he looks like a football player and will make a difference soon.
- Compared Meyer to Belichick, saying that they're both master motivators.
- Explained how being a coach is much harder than being a player; there's a lot more you have to watch out for and handle.
- Said he preferred playing in the NFL vs college strictly because of his record vs TSUN.
- Said his kids had good Christmas' while he was in New England because he and Brady would bet on the game, and to quote "Tom's really rich".
- Described his relationship with Fickell. While Fickell was HC, he was almost there for him to vent about everything, now it's much more relaxed.
- Said he really enjoys recruiting Chicago/midwest/Western PA