Urban Meyer's magic touch continued Tuesday night when the Ohio State head coach learned five-star tailback Brionte Dunn would end his recruitment and reaffirm his pledge to the Buckeyes.
Dunn, one of the top tailbacks in America, committed to Ohio State during his junior season, but reopened his recruitment with the resignation of former head coach Jim Tressel and the Buckeyes facing impending NCAA sanctions. Dunn flirted with Michigan in the past few months, even taking consecutive unofficial visits to Ann Arbor in November.
But, the hiring of Meyer grabbed his attention, and like Tommy Schutt and Se'Von Pittman did the previous day, Brionte Dunn has decided to play his college football for Ohio State.
"I am officially 150% a Buckeye," Dunn stated Tuesday evening. "My family and I met with Coach Meyer and Coach (Stan) Drayton tonight and I told them both I wanted to end my recruitment and be a Buckeye. I couldn't be happier, and I feel so great tonight. We had such a cool time tonight, and we sat around and talked and watched film. It was just a great, great night for all of us."
"Coach Meyer was so excited and that made me feel good," he added. "I think he was surprised by the reaction of my whole family, and there were a lot of us there tonight. He really wants me to enroll early and be there in January, and I'm going to try to get that done. When Coach Meyer speaks, you know I got to try to get that done."
For Dunn, tonight's decision is the culmination of a lot of thought and prayer on his part. He had often spoke of the pressure of making this decision, and he shared some of his emotions.
"For me, this is both happiness and relief," Dunn exclaimed. "The happiness comes from just realizing I am going to be a Buckeye, and my dream will be coming true. I know we are going to win big, and that means everything to me. I feel like I'm a part of a great family at Ohio State, and Coach Meyer is bringing everyone together as one. The relief comes from having the pressure off, and knowing where I'm going to be the next four years."
He also took the time to expound upon what exactly tipped the scales in Ohio State's favor, and what led him to reaffirm his decision.
"It was like once I talked to Coach Meyer, I just knew," he noted. "I had a lot of questions and he answered every one of them honestly and directly. I really wanted to see how they were going to use me, like every player does, but it was more than just that. I really needed to see the type of person Urban Meyer was, and how he would be around my family, like with my grandmother and my mom."
"My honest thoughts on Coach Meyer would be that he is just the exact type of man I want to be around," he continued. "He is a regular person in so many ways, but he is also one of the greatest football coaches in the country. I liked his personality, and my grandmother just loved him, which meant a lot to me. Every member of my family was impressed with Coach Meyer, and all of us were in agreement that with him at Ohio State, I was going to Ohio State."
Dunn also reflected on last week's official visit to Ohio State, where he had the opportunity to spend time with the other Buckeye commits. Recent commit Se'Von Pittman was there also, and those two have been friends and rivals on the field the past three years.
"I've known Devan Bogard since we were together last summer in Oregon, and we had a great time on our official visit," he admitted. "Pittman and I have been friends for a while, and we became closer in Oregon as well. He told me on Sunday he was switching to Ohio State, so I knew that was happening. I also got to know Frank (Epitropoulos) and he was a real cool guy, like all those guys are. They are my new family now, and I'm one of them."
"On my official, it was also cool to be around Coach (Luke) Fickell, and he's my guy," he added. "He was in a real tough spot, and he did a great job for a first-time head coach. He's the guy that all the commits look to, and he is a guy that I think will be happy still being a part of the Buckeye Nation. Believe me, I know I'm glad I'm going to be a part of Buckeye Nation."
Dunn recently completed an amazing career at Canton GlenOak, where he burst onto the scene as a sophomore where he rushed for over 1,000 yards. He followed that up with a tremendous junior season of over 2,000 yards, and finally an injury-plagued senior season where he still gained over 1,600 yards.