Signing Day Running Thread

By Alex on February 2, 2011 at 9:55a
101 Comments

Welcome to National Signing Day! It's like Christmas in February for us recruitniks, as we wait to see who will finalize the Ohio State class of 2011 recruiting class. There are sure to be some surprises and wild news today, so continue to come back to 11W throughout the day to check out the latest news on who's going where, as well as the chart below the jump to see whose letters of intent have rolled in for the Buckeyes already.

Player Pos Ht/Wt Hometown (High School) Position Rank
Nick Vannet TE 6-6/230 Westerville, OH (Westerville Central) Scout #14, Rivals #13, ESPN #7
Bryce Haynes LS 6-4/185 Cumming, GA (Pinecrest Academy) #1 across the board
Chase Farris DL/OL 6-6/265 Elyria, OH (Elyria) Scout DT#10, Rivals DE#11, ESPN DE#28
Antonio Underwood OG 6-3/295 Shaker Heights, OH (Shaker Heights) Scout OG#22, Rivals NR, ESPN OG#75
Jeremy Cash S 6-2/185 Plantation, FL (Plantation) Scout S#30, Rivals S#25, ESPN S#13
Joel Hale DL 6-4/290 Greenwood, IN (Center Grove) Scout DT#30, Rivals DT#35, ESPN DT#30
Braxton Miller QB 6-2/190 Huber Heights, OH (Wayne) Scout QB#2, Rivals QB#1, ESPN QB#4
Ryan Shazier LB 6-3/210 Plantation, FL (Plantation) Scout OLB#5, Rivals OLB#14, ESPN OLB#4
Jeff Heuerman TE 6-5/240 Naples, FL (Barron Collier) Scout TE#24, Rivals TE#18, ESPN TE#6
Conner Crowell LB 6-1/215 Waldorf, MD (North Point) Scout MLB#24, Rivals OLB#24, ESPN OLB#69
Ejuan Price LB 6-0/235 Pittsburgh, PA (Woodland Hills) Scout MLB#14, Rivals ILB NR, ESPN ILB#12
Tommy Brown OT 6-5/310 Akron, OH (Firestone Senior) Scout OT#83, Rivals OT#42, ESPN OT# 38
Doran Grant CB 5-10/175 Akron, OH (St. Vincent-St. Mary) Scout CB#5, Rivals CB#7, ESPN CB#3
Evan Spencer WR 6-1/185 Vernon Hills, IL (Vernon Hills) Scout WR#19, Rivals WR#51, ESPN WR#18
Steve Miller DE 6-4/230 Canton, OH (McKinley) Scout DE#9, Rivals DE#7, ESPN DE#6
Brian Bobek C 6-3/280 Palatine, IL (Fremd) Scout C#1, Rivals C#3, ESPN C#3
Michael Bennett DT 6-3/275 Centerville, OH (Centerville) Scout DT#8, Rivals DT#3, ESPN OG#7
Ron Tanner S 6-1/190 Columbus, OH (Eastmoor) Scout S#11, Rivals S#26, ESPN S#33
Kenny Hayes DE 6-5/240 Toledo, OH (Whitmer) Scout DE#14, Rivals DE#7, ESPN DE#27
Devin Smith WR 6-1/175 Massillon, OH (Washington) Scout WR#29, Rivals WR#58, ESPN WR#55
DerJuan Gambrell CB 6-2/180 Toledo, OH (Rogers) Scout CB#22, Rivals CB#35, ESPN CB#55
Curtis Grant LB 6-3/220 Richmond, VA (Hermitage) Scout OLB#1, Rivals ILB#1, ESPN ILB#3

 

  • As Chris mentioned in the comments, Cardale Jones has committed to Ohio State as well. He will be coming to Columbus after spending 6 months at prep school and will enroll in Winter or Spring quarter of 2012
  • Ja'Juan Story stuck with his commitment to Florida
  • Aundrey Walker of Glenville spurned OSU for USC
  • Darius Jennings picks UVA. Looks like he wanted to play offense and stay close to home.
  • Shane Wynn is an Indiana Hoosier! If OSU had offered he'd be in, but nice get for Kevin Wilson.
  • Glenville LB Andre Sturdivant signed with Toledo.
  • Toledo Rogers (DerJuan Gambrell) has announced they are postponing signing day festivities until tomorrow at 9am.
  • Chris Carter was arrested today on accusations he fondled girls at his school. Obviously, we will not see a NLI from him today and you have to wonder if he'll ever make it to Ohio State.
  • DerJuan Gambrell is in.
     
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Chris Lauderback's picture

good to hear Ejuan Price stuck with her verbal to OSU!

Chris Lauderback's picture

And Cardale Jones, too...after a stop at prep school

Buckeye Black's picture

Is he going to play DB, or just being tagged as ATH?

Matt's picture

Jones is 6'5 217 with a 4.93 forty...I don't see him playing DB

Buckeye Black's picture

I thought the whole thing with Braxton Miller coming in would make him change to something other than QB.  Why would he join a prep school, then redshirt to give him a two year cushion?  I watched him, he isn't a great QB.

Matthew's picture

Lane Kiffin is the perfect example of "perception is reality" and "all style, no substance". 

 

edit: kind of posted this in the wrong spot, but I don't know how to move it/delete it.

Class of 2010

Olentangy's picture

it still confuses the heck out of me everytime someone chooses lane dbag kiffin and his recruiting violations over jt and bcs games... oh well good luck audrey, you're about to get seantrel'd

How firm thy friendship

Neilwoodgables's picture

The thing is with some kids and OSU, it that OSU is all about football and nothing else.  Kids going to USC might not be going just for football.  

As far as Kiffin goes, he is a loser living on his father's coattails who has accomplished nothing on his own.

Good luck big guy, work hard  and remember what you learned growing up in OH about playing football.

I Hate Michigan.

btalbert25's picture

When you agree to play with Kiffin, he gives you a go at his wife. I may sign up too. Tress just can't compete with that.

SuperBuckFan08's picture

Rumors swirling that Andre Sturdivant received an offer? 

 

Possibly to take Walkers scholly?

Because I couldn't go for three.   -Woody-

Chris Lauderback's picture

We're hearing the same. Hold your breath. The O line is looking mighty thin over the next couple years.

Buckeye in Athens's picture

Darius jennings to Virginia. Not too much of a surprise

Matt's picture

Marlon Brown, you son of a bitch!

SuperBuckFan08's picture

Price signed by not faxed yet?

Because I couldn't go for three.   -Woody-

Alex's picture

He's on the chart...

SuperBuckFan08's picture

*but

Because I couldn't go for three.   -Woody-

Chris Lauderback's picture

Great thing about Cardale Jones is that once he goes to prep school and redshirts - he'll be two years behind Braxton Miller.

Squirrel Master's picture

I really like this class. a couple DL guys, top corner, top QB, some nice LB's(especially stolen from Florida) and a couple good OL. Losing Walker sucks but come on, we got the top center, a really good guard and a development tackle that will work his butt off because he is excited to be here. Getting Grant would be a nice cherry on top of a great class.

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

gravey's picture

I think we need to get NLOI day moved up ...or back...on the calendar.  I live in LA an recall chosing a job offer out here during the winter myself.  I interviewed in Boston just days before I interviewed here....blizzard or bikinis?  The choice was amazingly easy.  Of course, Ohio State didn't offer me a job...

Matthew's picture

Is it almost time to listen to Colin Cowherd's annual "cold weather schools are awful lolol" show?

 

Then the next day he'll be all over Chip Kelly and Oregon's collective private parts. Is Eugene a beach?

Class of 2010

LeeNorthbrook's picture

Missing on Walker is really bad. To only get one OL last class was criminal. Adams is suspended for the beginning next season & if we get a couple guys hurt/banged up we are in deep kimchee. We must recruit more OL!

LeeNorthbrook's picture

And now the Carter fiasco, unreal.

Jason Priestas's picture

Shane Wynn sent his Indiana LOI in.

Jason Priestas's picture

Still waiting on LOIs from Hayes, Gambrell, Smith, Carter and Tanner. Curtis Grant will be announcing at 1:30pm

zosima's picture

A&M boards report Drew Kaser (Walsh Jesuit Punter) signed their LOI

Buckeye_Mafia's picture

Wow. Apparently Walker didn't hear about Seantrell Henderson last season. And are we gonna hear about Tressel's inability to closes down the stretch again? He already has a stellar class put together, but since everyone focuses on the hear and now, I have a feeling we will hear this again.

Adolphus Washington is half grizzly bear and half dragon | Noah Spence kills quarterbacks, just to watch them die.

Jason Priestas's picture

Ron Tanner and Michael Bennett to fax from Texas.

The_Lurker's picture

All is well. Tress knows best. We didn't miss out on Walker, he missed out on us.

Jason Priestas's picture

DerJuan Gambrell will now be signing tomorrow at 9am it appears.

Jason Priestas's picture

Now starting to hear 1:50pm (was 1:30pm) for Curtis Grant's announcement. It will be televised on ESPNU.

The_Lurker's picture

Off topic, but necessary: Go here http://go.osu.edu/VOTE4LIGHTY and vote. Lighty still leading but the lead is shrinking fast. Tyrel Reed's write in campaign is gaining steam. Vote Lighty!

Now back to your regularly scheduled signing day running thread, already in progress.

Matthew's picture

 

I have next to no photo editing skills, so here's my hastily made creation

 

Make your own caption here: http://memegenerator.net/Coach-Jim-Tressel

 

It's my gift to you, 11Dub. You've given so much to me, and it's time I gave back.

Class of 2010

RBuck's picture

29? Holy shit!

"It's just another case of there you are". ~ Doc (1918-2012)

Codeezy's picture

Yeah it now says 31 so much for sanctions.

Buckeye_Mafia's picture

So all we have left to consider out of the five remaining is Clowney and Grant (of the Curtis variety), correct?

Adolphus Washington is half grizzly bear and half dragon | Noah Spence kills quarterbacks, just to watch them die.

Dean's picture

Well, looks like I'll be watching THAT.

 

Edit: Boooring.  Mostly just video of a fax machine. Sad.

J.Mo's picture

Is this NSFW? Nice ass on her.

Dean's picture

Not worth it.  It really is just video of a fax machine.  I suppose that girl walks past every once in a while.

RBuck's picture

No matter what happens by days end I'll be happy with this class. My only regret is that Tress didn't get at least 1 or 2 more OLman...a real need.

"It's just another case of there you are". ~ Doc (1918-2012)

SuperBuckFan08's picture

Are we still waiting on Cris Carter Jr.s LOI?

Because I couldn't go for three.   -Woody-

Jason Priestas's picture

We're still waiting on Chris Carter, OL from Cleveland. DerJuan Gambrell (Toledo Rogers) will be signing/faxing tomorrow morning (delayed b/c of weather).

SuperBuckFan08's picture

Any idea what the delay is on Mr. Carter?

Because I couldn't go for three.   -Woody-

Jason Priestas's picture

Weather to the best of our knowledge.

Matthew's picture

http://twitter.com/Mr_Dcarter9/status/32836929858834432

 

Breaking News- Hurricane coming soon!!!!!!!!! Lol

Class of 2010

Jason Priestas's picture

Interesting, but who knows what to believe with regards to where Duron will end up.

btalbert25's picture

What about the kid that was being talked about last week who may come as a walk on.  He has only been playing football for a couple of years, but his coach says he's going to be a great one?  He was out of Indiana or Illinois I think.  The mystery recruit that Bucknuts was talking about.  He could end up being a real diamond in the rough pickup, and just isn't highly rated because no one knows much about him as a football player.

Jason Priestas's picture

Delvin Simmons has chosen UNC.

btalbert25's picture

I read this on Rivals/Yahoo.  5 predictions for signing day.  May not be worth much, but seems like we won't be upset by Grant's pick today.

1. The five-star linebackers won't surprise

Look for the three five-star linebackers that everyone is asking about, Virginia's Curtis Grant, Florida's Tony Steward and North Carolina's Stephone Anthony, to commit and sign with the programs we've been predicting all along. Grant, despite a late push from North Carolina, will sign with Ohio State, Steward will choose Florida State over Clemson and the Tigers will be comforted a bit by beating Virginia Tech for Anthony.

ERIC OSU's picture

......and then tony steward picks clemson this morning, lol

btalbert25's picture

Didn't see that, but I'm still pretty confident he'll end up in the fold.

Luke's picture

Well, this is highly unfortunate.

Maestro's picture

Yikes, that might explain why he hasn't signed yet. 

vacuuming sucks

RBuck's picture

Well, better than boys I guess:(

"It's just another case of there you are". ~ Doc (1918-2012)

Jason Priestas's picture

There's a good chance Chris Carter won't be a part of this class, after all. He was arrested earlier today and charged with fondling girls:

Cleveland Police said a 15-year-old girl told officers that Carter took her out of her classroom and into a room behind the JFK auditorium and told her he needed to measure her for the uniform.

"Once inside the room, (Carter) asked the victim to take off her sweatshirt and shirt so he could take her measurements," the police report said. "He cut off the lights. . . and stated 'I need you to take your bra off.' The arrested male than put his arms under her arms from behind and attempted to pull her bra up."

The girl told police she refused to cooperate and left the room.

Police said when they talked to Carter he admitted that he had fondled other girls using the same ruse. Police asked him to give them the book that he used to record the measurements and he turned it over.

Bobcat04's picture

Making Tress' fail on Walker that much more Epic and unfortunate.  MAN, I hope Drayton is good...

btalbert25's picture

What an idiot.  What the hell was he thinking.

Buckeye_Mafia's picture

I was just about to post this link. NOT GOOD. Sucks for Carter, but dude, what an idiot. I am sure an SEC team will find room on their roster for him. Dammit!

Adolphus Washington is half grizzly bear and half dragon | Noah Spence kills quarterbacks, just to watch them die.

Jdadams01's picture

Getting some rumblings that Gambrell may be giving Michigan a strong look...

btalbert25's picture

lol, I was thinking one of the signs of the apocalypse was someone actually giving Cooper praise earlier.

Neilwoodgables's picture

that would really strike the first blow between Tress and Flounder

I Hate Michigan.

Maestro's picture

Can't lose guys to scUM

vacuuming sucks

Jdadams01's picture

+1,000,000

can't let Hoke get any foothold over us in Ohio

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Off topic, sorry, but this is the only live thread: in the CD this morning, Thad Matta said, "'When I was a freshman at Southern Illinois, I checked into a game and let one go, and there was a foul, and the coach called me over to the bench,' Matta said. 'He had a hold of me by my skin on my rib, and later I had a bruise there. So I never shot again. I passed it when I touched it because of that. It was an everlasting impression in my mind.'"

Apparently, the red azz coach in question was Rich Herrin, who was inducted into the MWC Hall of Fame a few years ago. "The first years were struggles for Herrin and SIU . . . went 8-20 his first year . . . Herrin's SIU tenure lasted 13 seasons and produced three straight NCAA tournament appearances . . . He resigned under fire in a stormy news conference following a 14-16 1997-98 season."

Somebody might be able to write an interesting story on contrasting coaching styles, Herrin v. Matta. I'll take the Matta/Tressel approach anyday.  A coach imparting firm discipline does not have to mean physical confrontations and/or public humiliation. Meanwhile, "toughness" in response to pyschological/physical hardship can (and should) be learned in "battle," (sports field/court), not in the coach's office.       

Run_Fido_Run's picture

I know, but there's lots of waiting in between "real" signing news . . . let's land Grant and then bball will go on full mute until Thursday.

Maestro's picture

Losing Grant will hurt.  After Henderson, Floyd, Walker etc. it will be awfully depressing to see another 5-star kid get away.  Fingers crossed.

vacuuming sucks

SuperBuckFan08's picture

Grant will be ours. Bank it

Because I couldn't go for three.   -Woody-

J.Mo's picture

Just remembered Kiffin had his foot in the door at Glenville. Didn't he recruit, if I recall his name correctly, Mike Edwards to Tennessee? We saw how great that turned out for Edwards.

Neilwoodgables's picture

here we go....

I Hate Michigan.

btalbert25's picture

Surprised no one mentioned that Gambrell did indeed sign so potential heart attacks can be thwarted

Maestro's picture

Where have you seen this?

vacuuming sucks

btalbert25's picture

He's on the list at the top of this entry and he's on the list over at Buckeye Battle Cry too.

Jdadams01's picture

Has it been confirmed that he got it in? If so, awesome.

btalbert25's picture

The last bullet on this blog entry shows Gambrel is in and has a link.  He's also 2nd from the bottom on the chart for the signing day entry

Maestro's picture

sweet, thanks

vacuuming sucks

Jdadams01's picture

Awesome, sorry for the incorrect info

Neilwoodgables's picture

Buckeye!

I Hate Michigan.

Maestro's picture

Woo Hoo!!!!!

vacuuming sucks

btalbert25's picture

Remember a few months ago when we thought this class wasn't going to have a linebacker or it may just be 1? 

luckynewman13's picture

I do, then Shazier destroyed that dam

SuperBuckFan08's picture

Hopefully he'll be destroying QB's and WR's soon after

Because I couldn't go for three.   -Woody-

btalbert25's picture

Was there any Josh Groban playing during this segment?

Jdadams01's picture

Wow, so they spoke to each other about the class on TV?

Buckeye_Mafia's picture

PRICELESS!

Adolphus Washington is half grizzly bear and half dragon | Noah Spence kills quarterbacks, just to watch them die.

J.Mo's picture

You know... I don't hate Rich Rod. I kind of feel for him. I would like to see him rebound at another conference and get back to the level he was at during his WVU days. How much would that piss off Michigan fans?

Maestro's picture

I am in this boat.  I think he got in waaaayyyy over his head at UM.  He had very little chance of succeeding there.

It sure was funny to watch him fumble around and look completely clueless while it lasted though.

vacuuming sucks

btalbert25's picture

He was put into a bad situation and I'm not sure how many coaches would or could've succeeded there in his situation.  I did always think that he was perhaps kind of slick and wasn't the nice guy he tried to  potray himself . However, I don't know the guy at all.  He did look like a blithering idiot for 3 seasons though.

tomcollins's picture

He was in a bad situation, but he had no ability at all to adjust.  He was used to being a tyrant, doing things his way without any regard for anything else.  He didn't understand Michigan, he didn't understand how to make a transition, and once he lost support, he looked like a clueless fool lost in the woods.