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How the Buckeyes were built

J.T. Barrett demonstrates Urban Meyer's ability to handpick out-of-state recruits and develop QBs.

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Urban Meyer no longer can throw a rock outside his office and hit the best speed or defensive lineman in the land as he could at Florida. That means he must work a little harder to infiltrate Southern states and the Eastern Seaboard. The early returns have been promising with the likes of Joey Bosa (Florida), Vonn Bell (Georgia), Raekwon McMillan (Georgia) and Eli Apple (New Jersey). However, the reason for Ohio State's run to the playoff can almost be directly correlated to Meyer's ability to recruit and develop quarterbacks: The Buckeyes are now using their third-string signal-caller.