Ohio State Football's Class of 2014 Made a Website to Recruit Other Players

By Jason Priestas on April 17, 2013 at 10:09p

The next batch of Ohio State freshman football players, already seven strong, has been hard at work recruiting other future Buckeyes via Facebook and other channels. But their latest endeavor, the website 2014Bucks.com, takes things to a whole new level.

The project is the brainchild of Damon Webb's family, primarily Webb's mother Stephanie. The elder Damon Webb announced the launch of the site on Twitter Wednesday:

The site features Flash introductions to the seven commits in the class with other images and then goes on to spell out its mission statement:

Welcome to the “2014Bucks” committed to The Ohio State University Website. We will use this site to recruit and have fun. We will share on and off the field stuff, our path to national signing day, our senior football seasons, and our upcoming visits to Columbus.

Webb's mother told us that members of the recruiting class will run the site now that it's live.

A couple of things here. This is incredibly awesome and the first of its kind – that we're aware of, at least – and it should quell any jitters among Ohio State recruitniks worried about whether Webb's verbal is solid.

Carry on, Class of 2014. Fantastic work.

Source: 2014bucks.com


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The TresselMeyer's picture

Very neat. I look forward to watching the site grow.
Now if only all our recruits got a t-shirt.....

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

buckeyechad's picture

Hahaha I completely forgot about those commercials. Need to make a comeback.

hodge's picture

Guinness ads need to come back in general! I'm not a fan of their black lager, but their ad campaign is completely horrendous. Guinness has long been a leader in innovative commercials, it's a shame to see their presence so reduced on this side of the pond. 

MN Buckeye's picture

Yes, but Guinness is still as popular as ever.  It is great on tap, and not terrible in cans.  Costco carries them seasonally.  It is great for special celebrations, such as talking with my friends on 11W.

hodge's picture

I've always enjoyed Guinness, but it's a wee too light for me (contrary to its "meal in a glass" reputation, it has about the same calorie content as Miller Lite). Their Extra Stout is good, and their Foreign Extra Stout is even better. The Foreign Extra's much hoppier, since the hops act as a natural preservative--which made the beer able to sustain the trip to the Caribbean, where it was sold pretty much exclusively up until a few years ago. 
Ironically, it was the same preservative effect that led the Brits to make extra-hoppy pale ales to survive the trip to India, giving birth to the now-classic India Pale Ale--a style that would go almost forgotten until resurrected by American craft brewers in the '80s and '90s. 

cinserious's picture

Good lowdown on good beer Hodge! I tried the Guiness Foreign Extra and liked it much. I didn't taste the extra hoppiness though, I guess its a combination of Guiness' dearth of hops and an IPA's exhuberance of the bitter plant.

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

painterlad's picture

All IPAs should be forgotten. Nasty stuff.

To err is human. Really sucking requires having yellow stripes on your helmet.

yrro's picture

They're definitely a love them or hate them sort of deal, but that's a good thing.

Firmthyfriendship's picture

Can't believe you got down voted for expressing your opinion on something as subjective as taste. Plus, I agree with you! HA. i would up-vote you if I could! IPA.
Side note: How did I get derailed distracted from the actual content of this OP. Hilarious! I guess there is only one thing almost as important as OSU football and that would be beer, of course!
*Edited, as I wasn't the OP so I didn't get derailed. I meant to say distracted as a reader :)

Nappy's picture

All IPAs should be forgotten. Nasty stuff.


I never saw a football player make a tackle with a smile on his face

MN Buckeye's picture

Thanks for the history behind IPAs, Hodge!
The only beer I could not finish was at Zeno's in State College while I was there taking a summer short course at PSU.  Zeno's is great, with something like 50 beers on tap, so I asked for a recommendation and went with a locally brewed IPA, I think it was Otto's.  Hoppiest beer I have ever tasted; just too bitter.

dubjayfootball90's picture

Hodge, you have out done yourself again. BRILLIANT!!!

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

MN Buckeye's picture

The Webb family leading the way!  Awesome move, creative move, classy move.

collisionbend's picture

"Flash introductions to the players..." That'll be nice for all of you folks who access from a non-mobile computer...

"There's a fine line between perception and reality." -- Luke Fickell

ohiowhitesnake's picture

iPad...guess we are in the same boat

I finally got a set of Gold Pants!

SilverBulletNYC's picture

OK...so I think we need to understand one thing moving forward: if Damon Webb's teammates or 7-on-7 team is visiting a campus, there is NO REASON to freak out (not that there was before). The dude is as solid of a Buckeye as I've ever seen. 

The South will NOT rise again!

Poison nuts's picture

He always has been as solid as it gets.

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

biggy84's picture

Absolutely fantastic!

Iron_Buckeye's picture


“The minute we stop expecting greatness from our football program, we become Wisconsin.” Craig Krenzel

cinserious's picture

Ohio State remains on the cutting edge with recruiting tools and the staff (and NCAA) has nothing to do with it.  Who all's in favor of making Damon Webb's dad honorary governor of Ohio? Just like EzE's dad, cool recognize cool.

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

pittsdasavage's picture

I feel like this site could grow immensely in the next year with the help of everyone here on 11W. People need to begin commenting positive things on this website to get it started and just to let them know that they are doing a great thing. Lets show them what BUCKEYE NATION is all about.

Toilrt Paper's picture

A Cass Tech family creating a football recruiting website for Ohio State has to be leading to sleepless nights for Hoke. THANK YOU, Webb Family!

FROMTHE18's picture

havent really looked at it yet but I wonder if POSITIVE fan additions could be offered, such as some of the fine illustrative work done here by some members using photoshop.

painterlad's picture

What is wrong with me? The first thing I think when I see this is "I hope this isn't some kind of 7/8 ass NCAA recruiting violation." Which is my way of asking...is this a recruiting violation?

To err is human. Really sucking requires having yellow stripes on your helmet.

Normal Buck's picture

Rest easy Painter - you weren't the only one to have those thoughts.  I have difficulty seeing how it could be as long as the school has no role in it - none of these players is "officially" associated with tOSU.  Then again, it is the NCAA, so what might it argue . . .perhaps that tOSU is assenting to the site being used, by not requiring the players to cease and desist the use of tOSU's trademarks?  Inconceivable!

spqr2008's picture

That would be par for the course for the NCAA.  Although we can hope they have to hack the site for some reason, or do an illegal search and seizure, or some other nonsense, and have to Miami the whole thing.

thowen79's picture

That is AWESOME! Great to see recruits and their families already joining BuckeyeNation!

osubuck57's picture

Thank you Webb Family!!Very cool stuff!!


buckguyfan1's picture

Casting a Webb around recruits and receivers....  Coming to a theater near you in 2014!!

Gametime's picture

This is awesome! I love that these guys took the initiative to try to bring together the best guys they can to win a championship - I'm actually looking to lend my talents to help them out in the near future. I'm actually working on something now focusing on getting the "Georgia Boys" in the fold with Kwon, Autry, Kitt, & Watson. Stay tuned!

Between goals and achievement is discipline and consistency. That fire you have inside to do whatever you love is placed there by God. Now go claim it. ~ Denzel Washington

gravey's picture

The Anti-Herbstreits?  No fake-ass-Buckeyes in 2014.   That is REALLY paying it foward! 

hail2victors9's picture

Meh, I'd rather get a T-shirt.  I keed, I keed.  Neat idea.
Interesting.  Ironic, perhaps?  Michigan's lead [player] recruiter is from Ohio and OSU's is from Michigan.  The only thing that would make it stranger is if Ferns was from Glenville. 

Those who stay will be CHAMPIONS!

~Bo Schembechler

cinserious's picture

Difference is, Webb is your state's top player while Ferns is an afterthought for the Buckeyes staff!

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

hail2victors9's picture

A) Rankings are subjective

B) Ferns was offered very early by OSU; he was never an afterthought

C) Regardless of their on-the-field talent, both Ferns and Webb are top notch kids and great ambassadors to their future schools

D) If rankings do matter, Webb is the 3rd best player in Michigan behind McDowell and Harris, while Ferns is the 3rd best player in Ohio behind Lattimore and Booker.

Those who stay will be CHAMPIONS!

~Bo Schembechler

tdible2132's picture

Yeah this should put to rest any worry about Damon Webb ever having a change of heart. He's all Buckeye and his parents are all in for "the chase" too. I love it!

bodast67's picture

Everyone should go on there if they can and let the recruits know how much we support our Buckeyes.




     " I hope when I die, I die laughing"...                

buckguyfan1's picture

Agree, Just keep it "Non-Creepy".  Is that a word?... You know what I mean.

buckeyedude's picture

I guess that means pictures with recruits is out of the question?



bodast67's picture

I hear ya BUCK...we don't need to scare off any recruits ha ha




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MediBuck's picture

Wow, way to take advantage of the digital generation to up the ante--I love this grassroots approach to recruiting. For any 2014 targets who have any questions about the family-oriented aspect of this class, there's your answer! (Mrs. Webb will always have the orange slices and gatorade--or at least a twitter shoutout and facebook update!)

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

KBonay's picture

Raekwon...you're UP