Your National Signing Day 2014 Survival Guide

By Vico on February 5, 2014 at 4:55a

It's the most, wonderful time, of the year.

While nothing tops the beauty of the four months of college football we get every year, National Signing Day is akin to a Christmas in February for college football coaches and fans across the country. A year's effort to recruit the newest freshmen to the program finally pays off when the letters of intent start arriving from fax machines in college football offices across the country.

It's also a big day for Eleven Warriors. We hope to give you every reason to keep us open on a browser tab and to hit F5 repeatedly through the day. Stay tuned to comprehensive coverage of National Signing Day for Ohio State here at Eleven Warriors.

Keep another browser tab open on Twitter and follow Jeremy Birmingham (@Birm), John Brandon (@JBrandon11w), Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland), Jordan Wagner (@JWagner11w), and the whole Eleven Warriors recruiting team at @11WRecruiting.

What follows is your survival guide for the day.

ESPN Coverage

ESPN will present its ninth consecutive year of comprehensive coverage of National Signing Day. ESPNU will be leading the charge today. If you can swing it while you are at work or in class, you can follow along on the WatchESPN app on your mobile device, or watch online.

Ohio State is one of 12 programs featured prominently on ESPNU today, and only one of two Big Ten programs to have an ESPN reporter embedded in the football complex. Quint Kessenich (@QKessenich), friend of Urban Meyer, will be on the scene in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.

Studio coverage will be led by Rece Davis and Dari Nowkah. Ohio State alumnus Robert Smith will be among several analysis featured in studio commentary, along with national recruiting director Tom Luginbill and others.

If you can find time, ESPNU will be worth the watch. ESPN also has reporters embedded at Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Louisiana State, Miami, Notre Dame, Penn State, Tennessee, and Texas A&M through the day, but the interviews and video coverage from ESPNU will be as good as it gets until August.

Other Networks

Malik McDowell Ohio State fans are waiting on Malik McDowell's decision.

CBS Sports Network will also unveil its comprehensive coverage of the day, starting with a 10 a.m. two-hour show featuring Tom Lemming, analysts Brian Jones and Houston Nutt, and interviews with coaches across the country.

It is this show, to be followed with another two-hour show between 4 and 6 p.m. ET, that will feature Ohio State's own Urban Meyer. He will be joined with Kevin Sumlin, Brian Kelly, James Franklin, Butch Jones, Jim Mora, Bo Pelini and more through the day.

Not to be outdone by national networks, Big Ten Network will join the fray with a 90-minute special. Football Signing Day Special will air live at 4 p.m.

The usual names will be there to discuss the recruiting classes of the conference's 12, soon to be 14, members. Host Mike Hall will be alongside Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith in their familiar roles. They will be joined by Allen Trieu, a regional recruiting expert for

Importantly, BTN is promising video highlights of top recruits and one-on-one interviews with every coach in the conference. Since National Signing Day is shaping to be a day in which Ohio State distances itself from the pack in recruiting, expect the Buckeyes to be discussed heavily through the day.

Urban Meyer Everywhere

Ohio State will be keeping Urban Meyer busy all day. In addition to appearances on ESPNU with Quint Kessenich and time with CBS Sports, Meyer will be doing a radio interview on 97.1 The Fan with Paul Keels and Jim Lachey between noon and 12:30 p.m.

New assistant coaches Chris Ash and Larry Johnson will be on the same radio show in the second half of the broadcast.

Around 3 p.m., Urban Meyer will meet with the media to discuss Ohio State's recruiting class. You can watch this online at Ohio State's official website.

After Meyer is done talking, media will disperse to spend spare time with other members of the football program. Tentatively, Chris Ash, Larry Johnson, and Mark Pantoni will be available to discuss National Signing Day with the media. Further, some early enrollees should be made available as well.


Our team at Eleven Warriors will have all hands on deck to provide you the latest developments of the day, both good and bad.

We will also be monitoring the last minute decisions of key prospects like Derrick Nnadi and Malik McDowell. Will Ohio State get Derrick Nnadi? The Buckeyes hosted Nnadi on an official visit on January 17, but the Virginia prospect seems bound for Florida State.

The real prize might be Malik McDowell, who is deciding among Florida State, Michigan State, and Ohio State. His recruitment has taken interesting turns of late. It might work out to the Buckeyes' favor in the end. McDowell will announce his decision at 9:30 this morning.

Jamarco Jones, who was a question mark for Ohio State on the eve of National Signing Day, reaffirmed his commitment to Ohio State last night.

We will also be providing updates through the day here on the site. Our live blog will open at 8 a.m.. We will also provide a class primer around lunch so you can "better know" the new recruits before the Better Know A Buckeye series starts more specific coverage of each recruit.

Jeremy Birmingham (@Birm), John Brandon (@JBrandon11w), Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland), Jordan Wagner (@JWagner11w), and the whole Eleven Warriors recruiting team at @11WRecruiting will be active through the day.

Those of you listening to sports radio in Ohio's capital city may want to turn your dial to 95.5 at 10 a.m. Findlay residents may want to switch their dial to 96.7 at 11 a.m. Our own Jeremy Birmingham will be discussing Ohio State's recruiting class at both times.

Lock in, Buckeye fans. Christmas in February comes only once a year.


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buckeye4life050233's picture

it's almost time.........can't wait to see the names roll in and the grey boxes.....good day to be a buckeye and was made even better by the win from the basketball team last night.... Go Bucks

ap2538's picture

YAAAY! I cant believe y'all aren't up at the ass-crack of dawn to open up your present(s...hopefully! ala Malik McDowell)!!!

InvertMyVeer's picture

"It's the most wonderful time, of the offseason"

Let's do this!

Football is complicated...

FitzBuck's picture

Fitzbuck | Toledo - Ohio's right armpit | "A troll by any other name is still a troll".

+1 HS
seafus26's picture

Go Bucks! Today shall be another reminder, michigan STILL sucks!

Go Bucks and michigan STILL SUCKS!

Go1Bucks's picture

Rewatching the Bucks game, havent been able to sleep at all.  Been up all night waiting for today. Hope McDowell decides to come here and win a NC with us.
Go Bucks!

Go Bucks!

Baroclinicity's picture

I'm astonished at what I'm reading.  People been up all night.  Best day of the year.  Can't believe you're not up yet.  Etc.  It's almost as if some like the getting more than the having when they play the games.
More power to you all who love recruiting!  Enjoy your day!

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

JakeBuckeye's picture

Yeah, I just don't get it haha. I don't think I ever will. But you're right, more power to 'em, I wish I was having as much fun as they are right now.

collards's picture

My work is called off due to ice. Hooray. I get to look at all my new fishing lures, play with my pup, get romantic with the wife and follow the bucks.
All this, and ttun does still suck too.


Buckeyevstheworld's picture

get romantic with the wife and follow the bucks.

I read that as "get romantic with the wife, and fellow bucks".

Seemed forward without even a date. XD

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

buckeyedude's picture

8" of snow here in Toledo and it's still coming down @ 7am. Most all schools cancelled. I wish my work would cancel so I could follow the news today.



HaVy NuTs's picture

LOI day has been good to us the last few years.....hopefully we get a few positive surprises IE McDowell would be really nice...I haven't seen film on him but with that size and speed coming off the edge we could have a chance to re-coup that nasty D from years past! Bosa and McDowell both on the line at the same time=weird pleasant dreams

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Let the signatures roll in!  This is the most exciting day for college football fans in the offseason!  It's like Christmas in February!  I can't wait to see if there are a few surprises and bonus signatures today!!!
Go Bucks!!

LouGroza's picture


Looking at you Saban.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

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

Killer nuts's picture

Eleven warriors is the greatest site on the inter webs. That's all I have to say

Norwalk's picture

What time can the LOIs officially be faxed?

oregonianbuckeye's picture

Read 7 am somewhere.

johnblairgobucks's picture

Level 3 Snow Emergency in Hancock County has canceled my work, so I'll be blessed to enjoy NLOI day between bouts of shoveling my driveway, drinking coffee and hanging with the family....
Go Bucks!

buckeyedude's picture

LUCKY! Still Level 2 in Lucas Co.(Toledo), But that could change the way the snow is coming down.



FROMTHE18's picture

So, with the news that Malik is likely to pick MSU (confusion still about whether his parents will sign his LOI), do we have much to look forward to in terms of OSU pick ups? Also, which network is better to watch recruiting coverage on? I really want to try and stay away from ESPNU. 

oregonianbuckeye's picture

Do you have a link to a story I didn't catch? Where'd you hear that MM would pick sparty?

BroJim's picture

My 9am class is in the basement and my phone will not work there. Nooooooooooo

I season my simple food with hunger

Colerainbuck's picture

Brojim I'm disappointed to see this! Of course, fat, dumb and stupid is no way to go through life, but signing day is a unofficial holiday!!

Hovenaut's picture

Iced in and, uh, "working from home" (thanks old man Winter) today.

The forecast looks pretty sunny here...LET'S DO THIS!

buckguyfan1's picture

Welcome aboard Meechy!

Go1Bucks's picture

I want to say Thanks to everyone on 11W staff for the live chat.  Great Work.
Birm, great radio interview.

Go Bucks!

Jeremy Birmingham's picture

Thanks man, appreciate it.