Ohio State didn't win the mythical recruiting national championship Wednesday, but count the Buckeyes and Urban Meyer as one of the biggest winners on Signing Day.

OSU, as usual, cleared up in Big Ten country, landing a bushel of local four- and five-star talent (LB Dante Booker, LB Kyle Berger, CB Marshon Lattimore, OT Kyle Trout, DB Erick Smith, WR Parris Campbell and athlete Sam Hubbard are all in-state studs ready to become Buckeyes, as is four-star CB Damon Webb from Detroit) but it's the blue-chippers from a few key hot spots around the country who Meyer reeled in that made a bigger statement.

"It's a credit to the brand of Ohio State," Meyer said. "That's not just it because our coaching staff is about relationships, but everyone knows Ohio State."

But, in truth, it's really about Meyer, the two-time national championship coach, who is 24-2 in two seasons in Columbus.

It wasn't just what the Buckeyes brought in, it was who they beat to get those kids--and where they had to go to win those battles.

Meyer's biggest coup was going into Atlanta to snag the nation's No. 1 inside linebacker -- Raekwon McMillan -- away from the entire SEC. Meyer also went into his old stomping ground in the Sunshine State to land speedy wideout Johnny Dixon and went into Virginia to beat everyone in the ACC for top-five defensive end Jalyn Holmes. The Buckeyes, led by former Texas and Rice assistant Tom Herman, now OSU's offensive coordinator, also went into the Lone Star State to get top-five O-lineman Demetrius Knox, a former UT commit. OSU actually beat Texas twice for Knox since the Buckeyes also held off new head coach Charlie Strong when he came after Knox late in the recruiting process. This was a strong follow-up for the Buckeyes after grabbing three blue-chippers out of Texas last season.