Successful recruiting is a critical, early stage in a winning football program. It is a key element, but it is not sufficient.
Once the talent is here, it needs to be developed and coached. Something is missing if Ohio State repeatedly has among the best recruiting classes in the country, and the best recruiting class in the B1G, but is not consistently winning the big games.
I firmly believe that Urban Meyer is the right man for the job and is on the right track, but there has been something missing in the development of talent and the coaching, both pre-game preparation and during-the-game adjustments, on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. The problem, especially if it is coaching, and whether it is personnel or approach, needs to be determined and corrected.
Although losing Mike Vrabel was a blow, the hiring of coaches Johnson and Ash are steps in the right direction. Now the question becomes what more needs to be done to ensure that Ohio State is an elite football team . . . most importantly, consistently winning conference championships and bowl games. The last two years of recruiting at Ohio State under Coach Meyer have been excellent, now we need to see the results on the field.
And Michigan State is clearly doing something right. Perhaps we can learn from their success.