Tim Tebow reportedly violated NCAA rules during a call with an Ohio State recruit.
Tebow's brief conversation with Illinois high school linebacker Clifton Garrett forced the Buckeyes to report a secondary NCAA violation.
NCAA rules bar former college football players, among others, from having contact with recruits on behalf of a college.
Garrett called Ohio State coach Urban Meyer while he was with Tebow, according to Cleveland.com.
The website stated Ohio State reported the following to the NCAA:
"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.
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"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."
Garrett was impressed by the exchange with Tebow on March 9, 2013, posting on his Twitter account: "I just called Coach Meyer just ta see whats up and next thing you know I was talking on the phone to TIM TEBOW!!! #InShockRightNow #Insane!"Tebow, who played for Meyer when he was the head coach at the University of Florida, ultimately did not have much of an impact on Garrett. He signed with LSU on National Signing Day Feb. 5.