LeBron James could have played football for Ohio State had he chosen. He was an All-State wide receiver, who was recruited by major programs. In fact, he was recruited by current Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer when Meyer was an assistant at Notre Dame.
When Ohio State takes the field against the Wisconsin Badgers on Saturday, James will be at Meyer's side on the Buckeyes' sideline.
James will deliver the pregame speech before the No. 4 Buckeyes take the field against No. 23 Wisconsin in what has become a rivalry game over the past five-to-six years. But just as important as giving the team a pep talk, James will be on the sidelines as Ohio State plays host to 50 of the nation's top football recruits and a handful of highly sought basketball recruits.
While some in the state of Ohio still have disdain for James' taking his talents to South Beach, he has an admirer in Meyer.
"Give me all kinds of LeBrons," Meyer said during Big Ten media days in 2012. "You just see the way he articulates, his look, the way he treats people, the focus. We use him in those leadership meetings, those videos; his face is plastered all over them. First of all, our guys all admire him. And the head coach really admires him."
James always has supported the Ohio State program. Ohio State has installed a personal locker for James in their recently renovated basketball arena.