How to balance getting the best high school talent from Ohio -- and other young men who grew up wanting to be Buckeyes but who aren't necessarily "rated," whether accurately or not, at the top of the national talent pool -- with out-of-state, more highly-rated talent, that, in many instances doesn't have that long-standing, deep desire to play for the Buckeyes?
It's a dilemma, on one level a nice one to have, but a dilemma nonetheless. I would err on the side of first pursuing high schoolers from Ohio who have always dreamed of playing at Ohio State, especially those who may not be at the top of the national ratings, but who can be developed and coached into great college players. But this is a very subjective situation. Not saying this is what is happening at Ohio State, I know that it is more complicated that this, especially given the vagaries of young men thrust into the spot light in very competitive recruiting situations, but it is too "easy" to simply look at the national rankings and pursue the most highly-rated young men who may have some interest in the Buckeyes. Being from Ohio, and especially wanting, really wanting, to play for the Buckeyes, should, in the end, count for more. In the end I trust that Coach Meyer, and the coaching staff, will balance the complexity of this situation and do the right thing.
Todd Sibley sounds like the kind of talented young man we want to play at Ohio State. I hope he stays.