Your National Signing Day Survival Guide

By Chad Peltier on February 6, 2013 at 5:00a
139 Comments

Buckeye recruiting fans: your day has arrived. 

The Woody's fax machines are beeping to life and Buckeye Mission Control is prepared to receive official word on Urban Meyer's second recruiting class as The Ohio State University's head coach. 

You might as well set Eleven Warriors as your homepage now, because we will be covering all Buckeye targets' decisions, Urban's press conference, and will snag interviews with the newest commitments as well.

Look for our annual "Meet the Ohio State Football Class of 2013" piece later tonight as well. You remember Urban's first, right?  

While you're waiting for gray boxes to appear throughout the day, we'll host our National Signing Day Chaos Control Center & Live Blog at 8:30 a.m., just like we do for games. 

Below is your survival guide for the day, complete with network coverage listings, recruit announcement times, and locations. 

Vonn Bell would be a clutch finish for Urban Meyer's second Ohio State class.Will Vonn Bell choose the S&G permanently?

ESPN Coverage

ESPNU – complete with former Auburn and Tennessee head coaches Gene Chizik and Derek Dooley – begins its coverage at 9:00 a.m. and will continue until 7 tonight. 

If you're in class and your professor doesn't already have ESPN on the projector, you can catch a stream online here

In addition to Chizik and Dooley, ESPN will have Rece Davis and Dari Nowkhah as co-hosts, as well as head recruiting analyst Tom Luginbill, Craig Haubert, Mike Bellotti and Rod Gilmore.

Seventeen recruits have decided to make their intentions known live and on air for ESPN this year. 

However, the real draw will be Quint Kessenich reporting live from Ohio State as the faxes come in. Urban will be interviewed throughout the day in addition to his appearance on 97.1 The Fan for his weekly call-in show at noon. 

We won't get too many interviews or videos of the football program until spring practice begins, so soak it up, people. 

Big Ten Network

BTN's coverage, creatively termed "Football Signing Day Special," airs live from 3 to 4:30 p.m. today. 

If you tune over to BTN, you'll be welcomed by Mike Hall, Gerry DiNardo, and Howard Griffith, covering each school's recruiting class needs. This might be worth your while for one-on-one interviews with Big Ten coaches as well as analysis from Scout's Allen Trieu. 

Here's their early preview from around the Big Ten, in case you're worried that Minnesota will make a late push to claim the Big Ten's top spot. 

Decisions of interest

Here's a handy table to all of the remaining Buckeye targets/potential flips: 

  time (ET) Where schools
James Clark 9 a.m. MaxPreps OSU, Clemson, Florida, NW
Taivon Jacobs 10 a.m.   OSU, Maryland
Vonn Bell 10:05 a.m. ESPNU OSU, Bama, Tenn
Trey Johnson 2:15 p.m.   OSU, Tenn, Florida
Ezekiel ElliotT 5 p.m. KSDK Live OSU, Mizzou

If you're looking for an announcement schedule with a little more national flavor, ESPN has you covered

Your Very Own

While Eleven Warriors doesn't have a television network (yet), we will be posting here, live blogging, and joining some radio shows throughout the day. As previously mentioned, our coverage begins with the liveblog at 8:30 a.m. 

We'll be updating you with gray boxes (both good and bad) all day long, but we'll formally introduce you to the class around 2:30. Soon after, Kyle and Derek will cover Ohio State's press conference (stream available online) at 3 p.m.

Alex will then go on Bull and Fox on 92.3 in Cleveland at 4:20 p.m., breaking down Urban's second class. Finally, we'll add videos to the site as they become available.

Finally, be sure you're following the right people on Twitter: @Alex11W, @Derek11W, @Miles11W and @KyleRowland.

All right, good luck out there, recruitniks. Go Bucks! 

139 Comments

Comments

FROMTHE18's picture

Thanks for this guys. Really looking forward to all of the features you are providing us readers on this NSD '13, you guys do an incredible job here at 11w.

Sin City Buckeye's picture

Is there a difference between Viper and Leo? "No, we just thought Viper sounded cooler."---Former Buckeye Coach Mike Vrabel

jmacbuckeye's picture

Top to bottom, this is the best recruiting class I've seen the Buckeyes bring in since the 1996 class. Great things are in store for Buckeye Nation. 
 
Give props to the coaching staff. They did one helluva job.

MN Buckeye's picture

Settling in for a long day!

oregonianbuckeye's picture

Woke up grumpy after the rough finish to last night's game. Here's hoping that we bring in a good class (and keep the guys who committed) to chear us all up. 

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Same. Not even a Lakers win could put a dent in it.

I'm tempted to use this loss as an excuse to avoid doing my workout. lol

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

kevinfrenchfry's picture

just read a tweet that said bielemas boys are 13 out of 14th in sec recruiting rankings, but that they would be 4th in the big ten...

Geraffi's picture

That's sad. If you look at class rankings nationwide, it's clear the SEC is blowing everyone away. Six out of the top 12 classes according to ESPN to start NSD.   B1G with 4 in the top 25. 

Red Shirt Ensign's picture

Yeah but OSU and Mitten U  are in the top 5... same story that's ever been for the Big Fourteen!

"Captain, over here, I've found someth... AHHHH!!!!!!"

 

Geraffi's picture

"While Eleven Warriors doesn't have a television network (yet)"
 
Wait. What?

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Obviously a joke.

I'd watch 11w if it were on basic cable.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Dr. House's picture

if Eleven Warriors started a kick starter thing to get a time slot on some public access network i'd donate.

Nick's picture

BTN should give them some air time heard they were having trouble gettting programming from schools 

kevinfrenchfry's picture

why doesnt the BTN use bloggers more, makes no sense to me how ross has been on UNITE twice i believe but no one has ever been on the BTN, id rather hear them talk to an 11W guy via skypa than hear Dinardo's expert analysis

GoBucks713's picture

....hear them talk to an 11W guy via skypa than hear Dinardo's expert analysis....

Don't you mean "expert"??

-The Aristocrats!

DannyBeane's picture

Grrr time is going by so slowly. I want X-mas to get here now so I can open up my presents.

popeurban's picture

Alex has the #Juice.  Game time!

oregonianbuckeye's picture

Does anyone else feel like tailgaiting? I could use a beer and various grilled meats.

Abe Froman's picture

Anything to get out of work.  Who needs electricity anyways?

Basking in the wake of mediocrity.....

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Or warm weather.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

BuckeyeFreak4844's picture

I am in not that i need much of an excuse to start drinking at 630 but this is a valid one.

Michigan Sucks!

DannyBeane's picture

I'm on my second Rum and Cream Soda as we speak but I'm a 3rd shifter so these are my prime drinking hours.

PhillyBuck's picture

This wont be my most productive day at work, hope we don't have any unpleasant surprises today.Plant those flags!!!

Sin City Buckeye's picture

Went to bed at 11:30 pm pacific time and am up at 4 am ready for the day to start here in Vegas.!! A great day to be a Buckeye!!

Is there a difference between Viper and Leo? "No, we just thought Viper sounded cooler."---Former Buckeye Coach Mike Vrabel

Dr. House's picture

i say press your luck and hit a table or two after today.

BuckeyeFreak4844's picture

I only have one patient today i just hope they understand that my lack of interaction has to do with NSD and not anything else!!!!!!!

Michigan Sucks!

carton's picture

Need help here.
Where is the 'gray box'?
I can't seem to find it anywhere in the 11 warriors website.
TiA.

Sin City Buckeye's picture

Is there a difference between Viper and Leo? "No, we just thought Viper sounded cooler."---Former Buckeye Coach Mike Vrabel

BuckeyeFreak4844's picture

I hope that bad boy is already humming.  I wish my phone was linked to it so everytime it went of my phone would ring and give me that annoying fax machine noise like in Seinfeld when Kramer gave Elaines number out.

Michigan Sucks!

Red Shirt Ensign's picture

That is officially when it stopped being cool to send faxes.... can't believe in this day and age, it comes down to a fax... ever hear of scanners and digital mail NCAA?

"Captain, over here, I've found someth... AHHHH!!!!!!"

 

Sin City Buckeye's picture

 

Is there a difference between Viper and Leo? "No, we just thought Viper sounded cooler."---Former Buckeye Coach Mike Vrabel

DannyBeane's picture

1 down 24 more to go! Welcome to buckeye nation!

DannyBeane's picture

So is it time to start repeatedly hitting my F5 key yet?

Sgt. Elias's picture

That is the song of my people

"Okay -- I've got an El Camino full of rampage here." 

Dr. House's picture

this is one my favorite days of the year. along with trade deadline days in the nba, mlb, nhl and the nfl draft weekend.
maybe i should get out more.

Nick's picture

Joey Bosa first to send in NLOI per Pantoni on twitter

oregonianbuckeye's picture

Per Bill Kurelic Canton Glen Oak quarterback Reid Wortsell will commit to Ohio State as a preferred walk-on.

iball's picture

hope nkemdiche goes to ole miss so he will never be a factor in the national title picture

“There’s one thing I have learned through all my adventures and conquests - it’s that some people are just wired for success. I had no choice when it came to being great - I just am great.” – Kenny Powers

oregonianbuckeye's picture

RT @markpantoni Buckeye #2 is @GoldMoments_21 - Gareon Conley

Nick's picture
Nick's picture
iball's picture

Ezekiel Elliott #⃣2⃣ ‏@EzekielElliott 
Head throbbingg
Details    
 
 

 

“There’s one thing I have learned through all my adventures and conquests - it’s that some people are just wired for success. I had no choice when it came to being great - I just am great.” – Kenny Powers

Sin City Buckeye's picture

Is there a difference between Viper and Leo? "No, we just thought Viper sounded cooler."---Former Buckeye Coach Mike Vrabel

Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

If I was Urban, Zeke would go straight to the doghouse if he signed with OSU for all of the drama he has caused... He's committed to OSU, but puts that pic on Instagram???  Doesn't make sense.

Red Shirt Ensign's picture

What he said^^^

"Captain, over here, I've found someth... AHHHH!!!!!!"

 

popeurban's picture

He is only causing drama for the fans.  For all we know Urban knows exactly what is going on.

Dr. House's picture

I am just excited to find out who Alex's super double secret mystery flip is. Do we have a time when that will happen?

kevinfrenchfry's picture

wait is there potential for a couble secret mystery flip, or just wishful thinking?

FloridaBuck's picture

There are no mystery flips, per alex:
http://www.elevenwarriors.com/2013/02/19300/11w-recruiting-roundtable-picks-james-clark-vonn-bell-dontre-wilson-others

I wish Dontre Wilson was my mystery flip so I could be right.....but he's not
The flip has sailed, but in the Signing Day live chat I will reveal

Dr. House's picture

i just want to know who it was

FloridaBuck's picture

I know, the reply was to the poster who replied to you

BuckeyeFreak4844's picture

Boom keep rolling in boys!!!!!!

Michigan Sucks!

oregonianbuckeye's picture

Ha ha ha. Tashawn Bower just tweeted "I never signed anywhere" in reference to him committing to Florida. Oh, misinformation!

buckeye4life050233's picture

getting started off already......this is a fun day to be a buckeye

BuckeyeFreak4844's picture

Anytime Florida gets a swift kick in the nuts, is fine by me.

Michigan Sucks!

iball's picture

Darron Lee...Buckeye

“There’s one thing I have learned through all my adventures and conquests - it’s that some people are just wired for success. I had no choice when it came to being great - I just am great.” – Kenny Powers

BSTP DeCon's picture

Happy National Signing Day everyone. Go Bucks!

BuckeyeFreak4844's picture

I love the fact that i dont have to keep twitter open because everyone is so fast to put it on here!  Thanks to all!

Michigan Sucks!

buckeye4life050233's picture

nkemdiche to ole miss......man they pulled some rabbits out of the hat down the stretch run in their recruiting class

Danify's picture

Carrots for the "rabbits" you could say .... nod nod wink.

JPBucks3's picture

Nkemdiche to ole miss

kevinfrenchfry's picture

nkemdiche to ole miss FWIW

BuckeyeFreak4844's picture

Whoaaaa did some schools just get Blind Sided by that :0

Michigan Sucks!

Nick's picture

No everyone knew deep down inside he was going to play with his brother 

BuckeyeFreak4844's picture

I was just getting a corny movie reference in!

Michigan Sucks!

Nick's picture

Haha yeah I totally misssed that. TOO EARLY!!

BuckeyeFreak4844's picture

Unfortunatly i have been up since 4, nice link by the way i totally forgot about the early enrolls

Michigan Sucks!

oregonianbuckeye's picture

Good reminder. With the 5 early enrollees (Barrett, Burrows, Apple, Sprinkle, Lewis) we are officially at 11 now. I expect the class to be in the 23-26 range. 

O-H-I-Owe-U's picture

Props to those 5 for taking the steps to enroll early and jumpstart their Buckeye greatness.

Nick's picture

University of Ole Miss

oregonianbuckeye's picture

Gardner is #7 (12 overall). 

DannyBeane's picture

Jayme Thompson #8

oregonianbuckeye's picture

D. Green just made it official to ttun. Still have a really bad feeling about that guy. 

BuckeyeFreak4844's picture

Hopefully not a Tim Biakabatuka bad feeling!  I think he is gonna be really good as well but our D will be better.

Michigan Sucks!

AcrossTheField11's picture

I think D Green is going to be great for UM, but I also think our defense in upcoming years will give him fits and we'll see clashes of the titans for years to come, restoring the rivalry to new highs, and bringing the big10 back to relevancy.  
UM being a true football power is good for Ohio State (as long as we keep beating them, obviously).  I have no reason to think we won't because Urban Meyer > Brady Hoke, and that is a huge advantage come Saturday afternoon.

Time and change will surely show how firm they friendship... O-HI-O.

mitchjacobsen01's picture

I hope he might be one of those guys who just peaked kind of early and could be kept to average numbers in college.

FROMTHE18's picture

what time can we expect the live chat to be up and running?

FROMTHE18's picture

cheers, just saw it was in the Survival Guide by Chad, could have guessed itd be there...derp...LETS DO THIS

oregonianbuckeye's picture

Rivals Mike just tweeted that he "has a good feel for most of these kids today, except Vonn Bell. Both tOSU and Tenn think they have him."

BuckeyeFreak4844's picture

I hope he sides with wins over his fav team gotta be a tough decision for him.

Michigan Sucks!

oregonianbuckeye's picture

Per Tim Sullivan, 2014 QB Wilton Speight is Michigan's second commit in 2014 class. 

FROMTHE18's picture

another sacrificial lamb for our defensive line

Mix's picture

So where is our '14 NSD update and predictions?

-Mix

Danify's picture

Is James Clark's decision going to be live or any link to his decision?
 

oregonianbuckeye's picture

M. Mitchell #10 (15). 

JPBucks3's picture

Michael hill #9 and mike Mitchell #10

BuckeyeFreak4844's picture

Nice wasnt to worried but glad to see the letter is in already.

Michigan Sucks!

FROMTHE18's picture

im currently on the ESPN live blog... after reading Alex and the 11w staff's research and predictions over the past few weeks, definitely think better info comes from this site

Boxley's picture

I cannot believe how much emotion I am investing in football recruiting at my age.
We are in on the beginning of a whole new era in tOSU football. I have not been this excited for a recruiting day in a long time. Are our expectations too high, will we ever settle for less than a top 5 class as long as Urban is here?

"...the man who really counts in the world is the doer, not the mere critic-the man who actually does the work, even if roughly and imperfectly, not the man who only talks or writes about how it ought to be done." President T. Roosevelt

FROMTHE18's picture

is Trey Johnson having another announcement at his school or is it just the signing ceremony?

iball's picture

meyer > tressell

“There’s one thing I have learned through all my adventures and conquests - it’s that some people are just wired for success. I had no choice when it came to being great - I just am great.” – Kenny Powers

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Don't go there.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

Is there a war room cam or fax cam for OSU other than ESPNU?

Boxley's picture

So far 16 of the 24 in the class have sent in their LOI. (counting early enrollees)
So EZE is not announcing unitl 5 pm? I would be interested in hearing why so late in the day, and that is after Meyer's 3pm presser to?

"...the man who really counts in the world is the doer, not the mere critic-the man who actually does the work, even if roughly and imperfectly, not the man who only talks or writes about how it ought to be done." President T. Roosevelt

oregonianbuckeye's picture

Still waiting to hear from Worley, Baugh, Johnson, Townsend, Wilson, Smith, EZE and obviously Jacobs, Clark, and Bell. 

oregonianbuckeye's picture

D. Wilson is #12 (17). 

JPBucks3's picture

Dontre Wilson #12

razrback16's picture

Well we should find out on James Clark here in a few...

iball's picture

ESPN showin tOSU some love....#3 rated class

“There’s one thing I have learned through all my adventures and conquests - it’s that some people are just wired for success. I had no choice when it came to being great - I just am great.” – Kenny Powers

labuck's picture

tOSU moved to 3 after Wilson committed.

iball's picture

Got a bad feeling eze is headed to Mizzou

“There’s one thing I have learned through all my adventures and conquests - it’s that some people are just wired for success. I had no choice when it came to being great - I just am great.” – Kenny Powers

iball's picture

So does anyone think if we get clark and bell we could jump to the no.1 class?

“There’s one thing I have learned through all my adventures and conquests - it’s that some people are just wired for success. I had no choice when it came to being great - I just am great.” – Kenny Powers

BuckeyeFreak4844's picture

i dont think we will be number 1 even with clark and Bell but we could be no 1 in someones ranking.  I hope people keep posting the signees on here the live chat has a ton of people and its bogging down my shitty computer at work lol.

Michigan Sucks!

Boxley's picture

Worley and Tre Johnson are in bringing us to 19 of the known 24 commits to have signed so far.
So its just Baugh, EZE,Townsend, Wilson, Smith left to commit offically, with the door open for Bell and Clark

"...the man who really counts in the world is the doer, not the mere critic-the man who actually does the work, even if roughly and imperfectly, not the man who only talks or writes about how it ought to be done." President T. Roosevelt

razrback16's picture

Don't see that about EZE. I am trying to remain optimistic. :)
Doubtful on #1 class. I think one of the guys here on the forums ran the #s with 247's formulas earlier in the week and showed that even if we landed everyone we wanted we would not catch 'Bama.

rjsmitty's picture

Who cares if we are # 1 in rankings. I want to be #1 on the field

Boxley's picture

I agree the class rankings are not as important as filling the needs. We will definitely need to go after Offensive lineman hard next year.

"...the man who really counts in the world is the doer, not the mere critic-the man who actually does the work, even if roughly and imperfectly, not the man who only talks or writes about how it ought to be done." President T. Roosevelt

rjsmitty's picture

I concur Boxley! Urban will make it happen for all of us.

Boxley's picture

Clark is set to announce in less than 10 minutes, being live covered by Bill Kurelic on BN

"...the man who really counts in the world is the doer, not the mere critic-the man who actually does the work, even if roughly and imperfectly, not the man who only talks or writes about how it ought to be done." President T. Roosevelt

BuckeyeFreak4844's picture

I think we ink clark and then hopefully we move on and nail bell!

Michigan Sucks!

BuckeyeFreak4844's picture

FWIW Bruce Feldman has the Vols already landing Bell but not sure how much stock to put in him.

Michigan Sucks!

AcrossTheField11's picture

I cant get the live feed but someone told me Alex said bell to tenn.

Time and change will surely show how firm they friendship... O-HI-O.

joshhersh's picture

Clark is a Buckeye!

gobucks96's picture

Getting Clark and Wilson?! Unbelieveable!

thebuckeyefan's picture

Anyone else think ole miss class is a little fishy

12-OH

tarheelbuck's picture

Yes, but it could be that they brought in the brother of the #1 recruit in the nation and he recruited the rest of the class.  1 key guy can make a huge difference.  That's why I think Raekwon McMillan is key for 14.  He is a magnet for other players

"They hate us because they ain't us" - Sully

Olemissbuckeye's picture

I really think it was a perfect storm at a semi-dormant program with a long history and beautiful campus. This explains a lot of what went down. It was a long time in the making.

http://www.sbnation.com/college-football-recruiting/2013/2/5/3952402/rob...

Also, the highest rebel ranking previously was 15 under Ed Orgeron. His recruiting coordinator? Hugh Freeze

buckeye4life050233's picture

bell is a buckeye.......yea baby

gobucks96's picture

fantastic pick up!

razrback16's picture

Vonn Bell a Buckeye! Friggin' awesome!!!!!!!

One Bad Buckeye's picture

Come on Townsend....hopefully we get Zeke at 4:00!!!

"I'm One Bad Buckeye, and I approve this message."

Buckeyefan52's picture

Alex...WHY ARE YOU WEARING A BLUE SHIRT!?!?!?