The impact of Ohio State hiring Urban Meyer is already being felt around the Big Ten. Meyer hasn't even coached the team yet, but he is doing quite the job on the recruiting trail, as evidenced by what has transpired in the last couple days.
In addition to getting five-star defensive tackle Tommy Schutt to decommit from Penn State to Ohio State and five-star running back Bri'onte Dunn to reaffirm his commitment to the Buckeyes, Meyer stole Se'Von Pittman from Michigan State. Pittman, a four-star defensive end and one of the top players from Ohio for 2012, committed to the Spartans back in June. This came after Pittman had expressed great interest in Michigan, so it was a big pickup for Michigan State.
Even before Meyer was hired, Pittman seemed to be wavering with his commitment. This had been building for months, and after officially visiting Ohio State last week, Pittman decided to make the switch from Michigan State to Ohio State.
Pittman's decommitment leaves MSU with 14 commitments for 2012.
Michigan State Football Recruiting Class Of 2012
- DB Riley Bullough (Traverse City, MI) - 6'2", 195 lbs., ***
- OL Zach Higgins (Alliance, OH) - 6'5", 305 lbs., ***
- OG Benny McGowan (Centerville, OH) - 6'4", 290 lbs., ***
- TE/DE Evan Jones (West Lafayette, OH) - 6'6", 240 lbs., ***
- QB Tyler O'Connor (Lima, OH) - 6'3", 202 lbs., ***
- WR Kyle Kerrick (Coatesville, PA) - 6'3", 183 lbs., ***
- LB Jamal Lyles (Southfield, MI) - 6'3", 215 lbs., ***
- TE/DE Josiah Price (Greentown, IN) - 6'5", 239 lbs., ***
- RB Nick Tompkins (Snellville, GA) - 5'10", 185 lbs., ***
- WR MacGarrett Kings (Fort Lauderdale, FL) - 5'11", 178 lbs., ***
- WR Aaron Burbridge (Farmington Hills, MI) - 6'1", 175 lbs., ****
- DB Jermaine Edmondson (Canton, OH) - 6'1", 170 lbs., ***
- OT Kodi Kieler (Gibraltar, MI) - 6'6", 305 lbs., ***
- CB Ezra Robinson (Sarasota, FL) - 6'0", 174 lbs., ***
(Height, weight and stars from Rivals.com)