It's going to be a busy week on the recruiting trail for the Ohio State coaching staff as they try and make up time lost last week when they were preparing for the Big Ten championship game rather than trying to reel in the final pieces of the 2014 recruiting class.
Before we dive too deep into the murky underbelly of recruiting, I wanted to make a few quick comments about the loss to Michigan State and the possibility of Ohio State assistants being offered, and taking, head coaching jobs elsewhere and how those two items relate to recruiting.
Here's this story: they don't relate to recruiting. One loss in two years won't change the relationships kids have with each other and with the Ohio State coaching staff. Yes, losing a shot a national championship hurts, but it hurts more with perception down the road (2015 and 2016) than it will the final parts of 2014.
As far as coaching changes go, there's always going to be some impact — most players are not directly recruited by Urban Meyer — but any potential changes (Fickell, Withers, Drayton, etc.) are not going to upset anything the Buckeyes already have in the fold. Drayton's departure has been speculated on (he's been named as a coaching target at both Florida Atlantic and Bowling Green) could have impact beyond 2014, however.