Cleveland St. Igantius sophomore offensive lineman Jimmy Byrne was the first class of 2014 Ohioan Urban Meyer offered a scholarship. Byrne received the offer from Meyer on Jan. 29. On Saturday Byrne was in the Horseshoe at the Buckeyes’ spring game with his mother and father.
Cleveland St. Igantius sophomore offensive lineman Jimmy Byrne was the first class of 2014 Ohioan Urban
Meyer offered a scholarship. Byrne received the offer from Meyer on
“It was pretty good,” Byrne said. “I went down with my family. We
drove around and took a look at things. We looked around campus and
stayed for the game.”
Byrne was impressed with the offense Meyer and offensive coordinator Tom Herman have installed.
“The game was definitely neat,” Byrne said. “It was cool seeing
the new offense – the no huddle and all – it looked pretty good. I paid a
lot of attention to the offensive line. I thought they did well.”
Byrne said he did not talk to the coaches on this trip to Ohio State, but he certainly will when he goes back in the summer.
“They want me to come down for camp,” Byrne said. “I’ll be there
for the two-day camp June 21-22 I think. This summer I plan to get a
full tour of Ohio State.”
Byrne started four games for the Wildcats during his sophomore
season, something that does not often happen at St. Ignatius. One of
those four starts was the Division 1 state championship game in which
St. Ignatius defeated Pickerington Central.
The 6-foot-4 and 275-pound Byrne started at tackle and had
perhaps his best varsity game going against junior defensive end and
Michigan commitment Taco Charlton.
To this point Byrne’s only scholarship offer is from the Buckeyes, but others are going to follow.
“I’ve had contact with West Virginia,” Byrne said. “Notre Dame or Michigan – I would like to look at those two.”
However, the Buckeyes are the team to beat.
“Ohio State is definitely on top right now,” Byrne said. “I grew
up watching them. I’m a big fan of them. But I don’t have anything to
compare them with yet. But I love what Ohio State is doing.”
Kurelic’s Comment: Keeping the very top Ohio 2014
prospects at home will be very important for Meyer and he has a leg up
with Byrne. I think it is going to be very hard for anyone to beat Meyer
in this battle.
Check out Byrne in action courtesy of our friends at ScoutingOhio.com: