The Failed College Football Recruitment of LeBron James

When Urban Meyer inks what currently stands as the country'ssecond-ranked class on national signing day, he'll add to one of the most—if not the most—impressive recruiting resumes in college football history.

From Tim Tebow and Percy Harvin to Cam Newton and Joe Haden to Ezekiel Elliott and Joey Bosa, there may not be a coach in the history of the sport outside of Nick Saban responsible for attracting more talent to his programs than Meyer has been during his 14 years as a head coach. If recruiting is the lifeblood of a program, then Meyer's teams have been some of the most well nourished in the sport.

Yet despite having a track record on the recruiting trail that rivals his impressive on-field win-loss record, Meyer wasn't ultimately able to land what may have been the most talented target he ever laid eyes on. It wasn't another team the now-Ohio State head coach lost a two-time All-Ohio wide receiver named LeBron James to more than 15 years ago, but, rather, the NBA.

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