One of Ohio State's reported secondary NCAA recruiting violations was an eight-second phone call with Tim Tebow

One of Ohio State's reported secondary NCAA recruiting violations was an eight-second phone call with Tim Tebow

Did Tim Tebow inadvertently commit a recruiting violation for Ohio State?

Listed in Ohio State's reported secondary NCAA violations in 2013 is an eight-second phone call with a recruit and Tebow, the former Florida quarterback who played for Ohio State coach Urban Meyer with the Gators.

The recruit is Clifton Garrett, who tweeted about the conversation on March 9. According to Ohio State, Garrett wanted to wish Tebow luck in the future. Tebow was with Meyer, and Meyer handed the phone over to him.

From Ohio State's report via

Upon receiving the call, Coach Meyer informed Garrett that he was on vacation and having lunch with friends and family, including Tim Tebow. Garrett asked Coach Meyer if he could wish Tebow good luck on the upcoming season. Coach Meyer handed the phone to Tebow and Garrett conversed with Tebow for approximately eight seconds. Coach Meyer stated that no recruiting conversation occurred, there was no intent to have Tebow recruit on behalf of Ohio State and he, in fact, did not recruit on behalf of Ohio State.

Çoach Meyer reported that Garrett was not instructed to call by anyone from the Ohio State football staff and that neither he nor Tebow had any other communication with any other prospects during the lunch. Coach Meyer further indicated that Tebow has never spoken with any other prospective Ohio State student-athletes. Coach Meyer understands that the communication between Garrett and Tebow was an error on his part. However, he was adamant that it was a reflexive, courteous action rather than an intentional attempt to involve Tim Tebow in the recruiting process.

What's a worse violation? A conversation with Tim Tebow or extra pasta?

The school also self-reported seven phone calls that were pocket dials. All of those calls were longer than the eight-second conversation with Tebow.

if you needed proof that the chat with Tebow didn't work for Ohio State's recruiting pitch to Garrett, the four-star linebacker in the class of 2014 ended up at LSU.

When Meyer ended up at Ohio State, Tebow said he had become a big OSU fan. However, he's going to have to keep that fandom in check if he wants to not end up on any more recruiting violation reports or whither in the eyes of Gator fans.


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