Ezekiel Elliott Signs with Ohio State

By Alex on February 6, 2013 at 4:59p

After committing to Ohio State back on April 1, 2012, St. Louis (MO) John Burroughs RB Ezekiel Elliott gave Buckeye fans a scare a few weeks back when he took an official visit to Missouri.

Both of Elliott's parents attended Mizzou and he grew up around the school, so if that wasn't enough reason for alarm, the four-star prospect decided to stir up some more drama by keeping his final decision secret until a press conference at his school today.

The drama ended moments ago as Elliott reaffirmed his pledge to Urban Meyer, signing and faxing in his national letter of intent to the Woody Hayes Athletic Center moments ago. Elliott now gives the Buckeyes 24 letters signed today and 82 total scholarship players on the roster, the limit for OSU in 2013 per NCAA ruling.

Buckeye fans can now rest easy, as Elliott if officially part of the Ohio State family and will look to make instant impact at running back next season.



AcrossTheField11's picture

Wow... what a freaking class.  I want to frame it and hang it on my wall and look at it every morning while I eat my breakfast to start the day off right.

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

Chief B1G Dump's picture

My Buckeye Boner is fully extended!
I love this class. I love UFM. I love THE Ohio State University.

Poison nuts's picture

Buckeye Boner...You sir deserve an award.

"Death created time to grow the things that it would kill" - Detective Rustin Cohle.

Pam's picture

How you doin'?

buckeyedude's picture

Sounds like the making of a new "award." The "Buckeye Boner Award."
Has a nice ring to it.



USMCBUCKEYE82's picture

Icing on the cake!!! Flippin outstanding!!!

DannyBeane's picture

So... best class ever?

LouGroza's picture

Icing on the cake is right! It will be awesome when you hold the crystal EzE! Welcome and congrats!!

Dougger's picture

what an awesome class... really feel for elliott though it would have been good for him wherever he went... but lets be realistic... 4-8 for two years and a couple bowls, or national championship contention every year..

I like football

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CowCat's picture

Yes.   Call it done   ...  what about Johnny Townsend (K) though?   Will we have to get a walk on kicker?

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

The TresselMeyer's picture

I think that interview put to rest any idea that he was trying to be a drama queen in any way. Love to see that kind of emotion from a kid, shows how difficult the decision was and that it wasn't a process he took lightly. I'm sure it was more difficult than you could imagine to turn away from Missouri, when you consider all the relevant factors.
Glad to have you as a Buckeye, Zeke!

Brady Hoke's reaction to the Urban Meyer hire: "Not good."

ATXbucknut's picture

Tiger tears taste good too.

Dougger's picture


I like football

dubjayfootball90's picture

boohoo, butthurt.... what a terd. I will gladly take this beast of a RB... yea buddy!!!!

Unky Buck's picture

Oh the butthurt!


Woody4's picture

What a schmuck...
But, I'm pretty sure thats something buckeye fans did to Stefon Diggs,  when he spurned us...
Anyway,  BOOYAH!   Welcome Home, Zeke!

Grayskullsession's picture

"if irony were made of strawberries, we' d all be drinking a lot of smoothies right now."

D-Day0043's picture

Man, I ain't lyin', I laughed for a good solid 5 minutes when I saw this! 

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BrewstersMillions's picture

Yeah, because Missouri is in such a position to wave 'good riddance' to anyone good enough to play at Ohio damned State.

4-6 seconds from point A to point B and when you get to point B, be pissed off

RC's picture

Less than 4 hours before that tweet he tweeted "I just hope we can snatch Ezekial Elliott away from Ohio State."  Apparently Elliott got worse at football in just 4 hours time.

TheBadOwl's picture

The worst one I saw said something along the lines of "Can't tell if that's Ezekiel Elliott or Radio #retard"

So, yeah, they're butthurt.

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

Buckifan4Life's picture

Those will be some Scott Tennerman tears if we ever end up playing Missouri in a bowl game with Eze at RB. Oh, wait a minute,... Mizzu would have to be playing in a BCS game for that to happen. Scratch that...

Baroclinicity's picture

Very nicely done, Coach Meyer.
If we get Townsend, does that put us one over the limit?

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

CTBuckeyeFan's picture

Elliott now gives the Buckeyes 24 letters signed today and 82 total scholarship players on the roster, the limit for OSU in 2013 per NCAA ruling.
Looks like JT would put us at 83.

Unky Buck's picture

I didn't really doubt him staying with us, but it's definitely a sigh of relief.


Buckeyeneer's picture

My day is complete!!! Off to crack open the blue label!!

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes
THE Ohio State University

Poison nuts's picture

Uuuhhh - I was never worried a bit...yeah - that's the ticket.
Said it earlier gonna say it now. What a day!
OSU - #ridewithusorcollidewithus.

"Death created time to grow the things that it would kill" - Detective Rustin Cohle.

dubjayfootball90's picture

yea man, great day for tOSU... great freaking day

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Oh hell yeah!  Perfect capper to a tremendous NSD!  PUMPED!

Class of 2010.

thatlillefty's picture

we basically signed every kid we were after on the home stretch. This staff is unreal.

ATXbucknut's picture

To recap what UFM and staff did today:

Poison nuts's picture

Perfect ATX - just perfect! */Digital high five.

"Death created time to grow the things that it would kill" - Detective Rustin Cohle.

jthiel09's picture

Best recruiting class I've seen in a longgggg time, if not ever, and what will he do next year?
Top it because he's Urban F*****G Meyer.


MediBuck's picture

Wow wow wow. This class is insane. CLOSED.

"There is a force that makes us all brothers, no one goes his way alone." --Woody Hayes

luckynewman13's picture

I never doubted it for a second!
/finish lie

Doc's picture

Glad to have ya aboard Zeke.  Now the real work starts.  Coach Mick you're up.  I hope we can see a graph of how many 5, 4, 3 star guys we got. Great day!

"Say my name."

Hovenaut's picture

Channeling my inner Hok.....Flounder about the next few years:

"Oh boy is this great!"

"Success...it's what you do with what you got" - Woody Hayes

UrbanWoodrowEarlTressel's picture

alright alright alright
gotta be honest - I kinda feel a little bad for Mizzou. It's almost as if they were just used as a pawn to bring some drama. I don't know - maybe he was serious about flipping to the Tigers, or maybe he wanted to give his dad's alma mater some spotlight and show they can be up there with the big boys. But, I feel like they were just used.

buckeyedude's picture

...feel bad for Mizzou...It's almost as if they were just used as a pawn to bring some drama...But, I feel like they were just used.

EzE went to the dance with Mizzou, but went home with the HOT CHICK, Ohio freaking State!



KateUptonsLowerBack's picture

True dude, and sometimes it's just hard to pull off a 3-way with the hot girl and the other chick.

jestertcf's picture

This class is akin to NCAA 2014 signing class when I have won the national title for the 11th year in a row. 
So much freaking talent.

~Because we couldn't go for three~

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Dontre commits
Clark commits
Bell commits
EzE stays

Can this week get any better for Buckeye fans? ;_;

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

LouGroza's picture

Wouldn't know how. 

Nkohl13's picture

Big win over Indiana would be nice.

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Lincoln's picture

The Rick flair quota finally being reached on here makes me happy

Brutus Forever's picture

EXCELLENT CHOICE EZE..best of luck in school and beasting on the football field

"I learned to dislike Michigan at a very young age.” – Urban F. Meyer

harleymanjax's picture

Hey Nicky Satan, who's your daddy?...... Urban Frickin Meyer, that's who!

"Because I couldn't go for 3"

Poison nuts's picture

I will readily admit that as recently as last night, I was convinced Zeke could be gone. I am eating crow at this moment. It tastes surprisingly good.

"Death created time to grow the things that it would kill" - Detective Rustin Cohle.

Tengauge's picture

Nah needs garlic

Citrus's picture

You were doubtful but reasonably so. I was wrong about Clark. I love being that type of wrong.

RedStorm45's picture

Thought grey boxes were for new commits or changes in commitments?  Trey Johnson/Donovan Munger getting no love with a 2nd grey box lol

Culp's Freaking Hill's picture

Zeke was waivering, so 11W made an exception.  I'll allow it.

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Triv's picture

Neither Trey nor Donovan held a presser with other hats on the table

Sorry Urban, Woody is still my favorite

theobi's picture

Everything this signing day has gone perfectly... unreal.

ATXbucknut's picture

The only downside I see to today is that by getting EVERYONE who was on the fence (good) we can't take our punter (bad), which is a position of need for us.

btalbert25's picture

If I had to choose between Vonn Bell, Clark, and a punter, I'll take Vonn Bell and Clark.  I'm not knocking the kid or the position, just couldn't turn those kind of playmakers down.

Poison nuts's picture

Agreed...but it's a bit of a catch 22. You just can't turn those guys down, but punters are obviously valuable & he's supposed to be just about the best one out. All indications are that the scholly wasn't pulled. Had it been - that would bother me...hoping it all works out.

"Death created time to grow the things that it would kill" - Detective Rustin Cohle.

Citrus's picture

You make valid points but with Townsend we would only be 1 over. Some attrition will occur. I would be comfortable with being one over.

Poison nuts's picture

I'd be comfortable too. I really want him here...I'm hoping this gets resolved soon. 

"Death created time to grow the things that it would kill" - Detective Rustin Cohle.

buckeyedude's picture

We don't need no freakin' punter! Just grab some kid off the soccer team. Men's or women's. Won't matter, because they won't play much.
update: after some thought, this wasn't a very nice thing to say because I'd be upset if I was Johnny or his parents. Hope Urb can work this out.



Buckifan4Life's picture

I really hope Townsend can get into this class. He is a heck of a punter. If not, Frank Epitropolis (sp?) is gonna have to get his punting shoes on.

I think coach Meyer will find a way to get him in Columbus though. :)

Citrus's picture

Still think Eze is a "drama queen?" or are we finished making assumptions about his character now that he put on the proper hat?


luckynewman13's picture

I personally never questioned his character, I was ecstatic about this class with or without EZE and the thought of him playing for his hometown team sat just fine with me.
However, I do feel I have to echo UrbanWoodrowEarlTressel's comment that I feel bad for Mizzou now.
If the situation was completely reversed some of us would probably feel used. Used for drama, publicity, whatever.
But it's over now, so GO BUCKS!

buckeye76BHop's picture

This is so good to hear...and I'd say now....we should step away from the ledge next year...and listen to the 11warrior staff right. There's a reason I stopped paying for recruiting info in 2010....it was these guys and I personally trust them more than Bucknuts. Thanks Alex,Derek, Miles and everyone else...you guys and gals got the Juice. Go Bucks!

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."
"I love football. I think it is most wonderful game in world and I despise to lose."
Woody Hayes 1913 - 1987 

Poison nuts's picture

Does anyone know of any video of the announcement? Love to see it if someone has a link...

"Death created time to grow the things that it would kill" - Detective Rustin Cohle.

Pam's picture

He is a very thoughtful and nice young man.

Poison nuts's picture

Thanks - just noticed a link right in the story too...maybe I should read sometimes. Thanks kindly again.

"Death created time to grow the things that it would kill" - Detective Rustin Cohle.

buckeyedude's picture

What an incredible young man. Almost brought me to tears listening to his modesty. Character.
What is really just amazing is that not only is Urban hauling in top athletes, these kids seem to be just really good, humble kids. Not cocky-assed punks that you see so often coming out of high school.
So refreshing. This class is going to be epic when all is said in done.



BamBamBuck's picture

Welcome to Buckeye Nation EzE! Could tell the stress in your decision wasnt easy but fully expect you to fit well in The CBus.


buckeye76BHop's picture

Thanks ANONONYM for that link:-)  After watching the announcement...I think that should bury any of the "drama queen" or selffish stuff about his announcement.  He obviously loves his family and community that have supported him as a great HS student athlete as well as a son.  Time to stop being petty and realize he's a thoughtful soon to be great Buckeye...that I have no doubt in.

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."
"I love football. I think it is most wonderful game in world and I despise to lose."
Woody Hayes 1913 - 1987 

BuckNKY's picture

To see the emotion on Ezekiel's face.  And the pride on his parent's faces.  Got me a touch misty, I have to admit. 
Good on you Mr Elliott (and parents).  And a big Congratulations!
Now - go make the best of your decision!!!

ARMYBUCK's picture

Really never saw this one getting away but now that its official it makes me ecstatic!  What a class and what a day and as always GO BUCKS!
Edit: Thanks for the link.  In hindsight I guess his dad was kind of tipping us off in that Scarlet and Gray suit!

D-Day0043's picture

He seems like a fine young man who was obviously raised right. Those are the kind high character people we want wearing scarlet and grey. The poor kid was scared to death, but you could tell he was speaking from his heart. He won me over. I will be pulling for this kid.

I am D-Day0043 and I approve this message.

osubuckeye4life's picture

I've been waiting all day to post this:
Welcome to tOSU Eze I knew you wouldn't waiver in your commitment. I see great things in this kids future. 
Disclaimier: Video is NSFW due to language.


ATXbucknut's picture

I could listen to this old schoo chit all day. Still sounds good after all these years.

WildBear Buckeye's picture

I didn't realize that he originally gave his verbal on April 1st. Didn't that basically guarantee some kind of shenanigans?

DefendYoungstown's picture

Wow, this is really a special kid, just watched his commitment video and we're getting a class act.

What we can't do in the air we'll do on the ground.