The Football Fever: Pending contract extension for Meyer also part of National Signing Day


COLUMBUS -- Urban Meyer was discusing his 2018 recruiting class at Ohio State Wednesday when he asked about competing coaches saying he was at the end of his career.

"I don't where you're getting that," Meyer said, "that's not coming from me." Minutes later he informed the media conference he was working on a contract extension. "We are going to add some years to my contract."

Athletic Director Gene Smith took the podium and revealed he had asked president Michael Drake if he could proceed to negotiate a two-year extension for Meyer and was given the go-ahead. Meyer's new deal will have to be approved by the Board of Trustees in April.

Also part of media availability was well-liked defensive coordinator Greg Schiano, who said he had turned down college and NFL offers to remain at Ohio State. "My family and I love it here. Great people."

The Buckeyes signed a total of 26 players in the '18 class, ranked 2nd in the country by most services.

Meyer indicated his coaching staff is among his best recruiters he's had as a head coach. "You can't coach here if you're not a great recruiter."

Schiano helped the Buckeyes close with the country's top offensive tackle in Nicholas Petit-Frere who chose the Buckeyes Wednesday morning on national TV and Javontae Jean-Baptiste, a rangy 6-5 defensive end from Oradell, New Jersey.

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