Buckeyes Standing Out to Florida WR Jordan Cronkrite

By Jeremy Birmingham on April 2, 2014 at 8:47p

It's not easy to get the best players from Florida, and Urban Meyer knows that as a well as anyone. In February, the Buckeyes signed Johnnie Dixon from Miami and shocked a number of people who believed that in no way would Dixon end up playing his football up north. 

Ohio State has made South Florida a major priority in 2015 and the same problems exist this time around: how to convince the south's best players that football in Columbus is on par with the football in SEC country. One player Ohio State is hoping to bring north is Miami (Westminster Christian School) tailback Jordan Cronkrite.

Like Dixon, Cronkrite has offers from a who's who of college football powerhouses: all three major Florida schools, Alabama, Auburn, Notre Dame, Clemson and many others. Also like Dixon, Ohio State's Zach Smith and Urban Meyer are on the case.

"I talk to (Smith) almost every day," Cronkrite said of the Buckeyes coach who handles South Florida for Ohio State. "Ohio State is a great program with great tradition and that gets your attention."

Johnnie Dixon's almost immediate success is another thing that has caught Cronkrite's attention. In fact, it's one of the things he and Urban Meyer discussed earlier this week."

"I talked to Coach Meyer on the phone earlier this week," the 5-foot-11, 196-pounder added. "He said they really love my film and that he could see me in scarlet and gray. He wants me to get up there as soon as possible. He also talked a little bit about Johnnie and how great he's doing up there. He said that the South Florida guys can do that if they come up to Columbus."


Like Dixon, Cronkrite faces some pressure to stay home for college. He's visited Miami four times in the past month but says the Hurricanes have a built-in advantage due to their proximity.

"I've been there a lot because it's ten minutes away from my house," he said of the Hurricanes. "Plus, I like to see anything football related, football is football. If the best place for me isn't in Florida, I have no problem leaving."

Ohio State hopes that the first step in signing Cronkrite is an unofficial visit, as Meyer eluded to during his recent conversation. Cronkrite thinks that could happen sometime soon, and if it doesn't the Buckeyes are going to be involved anyway.

"I'll most likely go up there in June," he added of a visit. "Coach Meyer wants me to call him once a week."


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laishley15's picture

Nice article Birm.    Very impressive film for this kid.  He will be hard to get away from the U, but he seems to have built a solid relationship with coach Smith already early in the game.  

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Nick's picture

Looks like he lines up everywhere and makes an impact. 

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WesPatterson23's picture

Reminds me a little of Jordan Hall. I thought Jordan had a lot of potential but just seemed to be injured quite a bit.

osubuck57's picture

What position are we recruiting him for, Birm?? Glad we're building those relationships. Hope Urban and Coach Smith can work their magic.


cinserious's picture

Cronkite appears to be a Running Back/ Athlete. The way Urban is recruiting, he can coin a completely new position: Slash-lete.

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

tussey's picture

Wow, looks pretty legit on tape.  However, the competition seemed to be some what weak.  I was impressed with his agility and the ability to hit the hole quickly and then make guys on the second level miss with relative ease.  He also displayed a decent amount of power and seems to run angry and not shy away from contact.  The juke in the last kick return clip was straight nasty.

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Seattle Linga's picture

Nice moves and looks like a little bigger boy than what we've been getting

spqr2008's picture

And that's the way it is.

Although I wouldn't expect him to have any idea why that's funny.

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OSUStu's picture

Nice reference.  I was thinking of this one:

"You think you're too cool for school, but I've got a news flash for you Walter Cronkite" ...  "You aren't"

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

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NuttyBuckeye's picture

Dang - this young man gets to cruising speed in about three steps.  He has got some quick acceleration!

Sure would look nice in Scarlet & Gray!!

What's round on the ends and high in the middle? Tell me if you know!