A recent blog post on Outkick the Coverage accused current Ohio State Buckeye head football coach Urban Meyer of turning in former assistant coach Brian White for a recruiting violation at the University of Florida, where Meyer helped the Gators dominate college football from 2005-2010. The issue involved a so-called “bump” violation, which is illegal contact between a coach and a recruit. Meyer refuted the report, calling it incorrect and saying it was “absolutely not true” that he brought the Gators’ violation before the NCAA.
The recruit surrounded by the controversy is Brooklyn, NY running back/defensive back Curtis Samuel, a two-way talent that has been compared to Percy Harvin. The prep phenom ran for over 1,000 yards last season on a mere 91 carries, and also amassed 33 tackles on defense. He was also recently clocked running a blistering 4.36-second 40-yard-dash.
While no actual misconduct was discovered when White was investigated, Meyer’s alleged remarks may have had a big impact on Samuel’s decision making process. As Outkick the Coverage explained:
While no wrongdoing was uncovered based on White’s alleged violation, the top recruit that both Ohio State and Florida were pursuing recently announced his final five choices: Alabama, Notre Dame, Miami, Rutgers and Ohio State. No Florida.