The Kid That Decommitted From Ohio State Because Urban Meyer Didn't Remember His Name Needs To Grow Up
LBS- Bruce Judson, a four-star speedster from Florida, revealed to SECCountry.com that he decommitted from Ohio State following an encounter with Meyer in which the head coach did not recognize him.
Judson first committed to Ohio State in Jan. 2015, but he continued to visit and receive offers from competing programs. He says Meyer talked to him enough to get his commitment, but then the head coach’s contact with him dwindled. The lack of interest from Meyer in Judson became apparent to the teenager during a visit to Ohio State’s “Friday Night Lights” camp last July.
Judson told SEC Country that he was walking with another recruit — four-star safety Richard LeCounte — when they encountered Meyer.
“Long story short, I was walking in the hallway about to go to the indoor field and work out. He was like, ‘Hey.’ I looked around. ‘Come here.’ He was like, ‘How you doing, you like your visit?’ I said, ‘Yeah.’ Then he’s like, ‘What up Richard LeCounte? Are you showing this guy (Judson) around?’ I was like, ‘Coach, I’m showing him around.’ He asked me, ‘Who are you?’ I told him Bruce. He said, ‘Oh, Bruce Judson from Florida. The speedy guy.’ I was like, ‘Yeah.’ He said, ‘I’m glad that you’re on board and glad you got up here.’ After that, I knew I was de-committing.”
You know what would be a bigger story to me? If Urban Meyer knew the name of every single Ohio State hopeful that happened to be wandering around campus at any given time. Sorry, but I am not going to act like I am appalled that the head coach of a major college football program can't immediately commit every single face and corresponding name to memory. Not when his position forces him to interact with hundreds upon hundreds of new people every year. If I get introduced to more than a single person at any given time their names might as well be "freshman year" and "St. Patty's Day", because there's no fucking chance I am going to remember them. This is actually refreshing news as far as I am concerned. We all just learned that Urban Meyer - as unlikeable as he is - is actually a human being instead of a robot.
Is he supposed to be embarrassed that the full name of every Tom, Dick, and Fast Eddie from Florida isn't instantaneously recallable from the never-ending rolodex in his brain? You know how Urban Meyer knew Ezekiel Elliot before he started running for 200 yards and 3 touchdowns a game? As "that running back with the 6-pack". That's the beauty of his job. He has a reason for not being able to remember every kid that wants to be a Buckeye, and that reason is that there are hundreds of thousands of kids that want to be Buckeyes. If Bruce Judson doesn't want to be one of those kids anymore then there's the door, because it will take Ohio State all of 5 minutes to replace him with some nameless dude that can beat him in a race and doesn't need the recognition. This kid needs to grow up because not a single person that's ever had to secretly confirm a person's name with a third party feels bad for him. What kind of hypocrite would I be if I criticized Urban Meyer for needing someone to jog his memory when I can't even finish my beer without forgetting the name of my friend's friend that bought it for me?