Ohio State Buckeyes head football coach Urban Meyer is a fucking legend in Columbus after leading the Bucks to a national title in 2014, routinely stacking his roster with blue chip recruits and then grooming those players into future NFL prospects. Unfortunately, Urb just cost himself a star recruit because he forgot what the player looked like, according to the kid himself.
Per FTW.USAToday, Bruce Judson decommitted from the Bucks for this very reason:
“Long story short, I was walking in the hallway about to go to the indoor field and work out. [Meyer] 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. … We had met face-to-face before at a satellite camp, so he should have known who I was, especially with me being a commit.”
It sounds as if Meyer just got confused—which is understandable given the amount of players and/or recruits he sees on the daily. Still, if Judson goes on to become the next Cam Newton at quarterback or Adrian Peterson at running back, Meyer might want to start carrying around pics of top recruits for each time he meets them.
Would I be pissed if Meyer called me Dickface McDickfaceman? Sure. But if it led to me becoming a first round pick in the NFL draft a couple years later, I wouldn’t give two shits about it.