The Ohio State Buckeyes never had a shot with the nation’s No. 184 overall player and No. 11 offensive guard.
Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer is one of the best recruiters in the game, but even he gets shut down sometimes.
For proof, look no further than his attempted recruitment of four-star offensive guard C.J. Thorpe, a prospect out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. While Thorpe didn’t know it at the time, the lack of a scholarship offer from Ohio State was his dad’s doing.
“Urban Meyer called my dad, and he [my dad] told him he should stop recruiting me because it’s not going to happen,” Thorpe told ESPN’s Tom VanHaaren.
“After I got my Penn State offer, Urban called my dad and then he fell off the face of the earth. I didn’t know what happened and thought Ohio State was just not offering me, but I talked to my dad a year after the call, and he was like, ‘Yeah, I told him he can’t recruit you.'”
Fathers know best.
Thorpe committed to the home-state Penn State Nittany Lions on April 16, 2016, and appears to be getting closer each day to following in his father’s footsteps to Happy Valley – his dad played running back for the Nittany Lions.
And while Meyer may have missed out on Thorpe, he’s not striking out on too many other recruits this cycle. The Buckeyes are in the midst of a historic recruiting class, with current commitments from six five-star and 10 four-star prospects.
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