Buckeye Signees Talk About Big Day

By Jeremy Birmingham on February 5, 2014 at 5:26p

Today is national signing day and 16 members of Ohio State's 2014 recruiting class, self-dubbed the "Dream '14," signed their names on the dotted line and officially became Ohio State Buckeyes. For a number of them, the chance to become a Buckeye is the culmination of a lifetime of hard work and dream chasing, for others it was something that happened unexpectedly but when presented with the chance to join Ohio State's football program, they couldn't turn it down. 

Eleven Warriors caught up with a few members of the "Dream '14" this afternoon for a brief moment on what becoming a Buckeye means to them. 

Linebacker Kyle Berger:  "I'm so excited to be a Buckeye. It feels great to be finished with the whole process and just be able to turn my focus to my future as an Ohio State Buckeye."

Linebacker Sam Hubbard: "I'm relieved (that this is over.) But I've enjoyed the entire process and everyone I was able to meet during it. I'm also excited to be focused only on getting ready for next year, finishing my senior year, and playing for the Buckeyes."

Offensive lineman Brady Taylor: "It's more than words can explain. (Signing with Ohio State) was my final high school goal to accomplish and now I am ready to go back to the bottom of the totem pole and work my way back up to the top and make a name for myself as a Buckeye."

Wide receiver Terry McLaurin: "It feels good to be a Buckeye, and to see the hard work pay off. The real work is only beginning though."

Wide receiver Noah Brown: "Today was an incredible day, one of my many dreams that have become a reality. To officially sign and have this process over is a huge relief for me and my family. I can't wait to get on campus and to start my career as a Buckeye."

Defensive lineman Dylan Thompson: "It's a great feeling and I got to do it at the biggest event in the country in Texas. I would have loved to have signed with my future teammate form my school, Mike Maduko (who accepted a preferred walk-on position with the Buckeyes today.) The feeling is unreal, I can't believe this day have finally come, honestly."

Offensive lineman Jamarco Jones: "It's a huge relief to have signing day over with.  I'm happy to be a Buckeye and look forward to working hard and helping the team in the future."

We'll have more reaction from Ohio State's newest signees as the day goes along.


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thunderhawks51's picture

Sounds like a well rounded group of guys.

BuckeyeSouth's picture

The season can't get here soon enough.  Very excited about the class that we just signed, not to mention the 2 before it.  It's a great time to be a Buckeye fan.

Champions.  Undisputed.  

FROMTHE18's picture

did any of the early enrollees give interviews? 

Jeremy Birmingham's picture

Once guys are on campus, I prefer not to bother them. There are completely different rules for contacting enrolled players at Ohio State and I try to stay on the good side of the coaching staff and the compliance department. If I reached out to them, I'd get answers, but when they're Buckeyes for good, I back off unless they reach out to me. Just my preference.

MN Buckeye's picture

And your preference has carried credibility with the recruits and their families, not just enrolled players, Birm. Thanks for great work on a very busy day. It is great to be a Buckeye!

+1 HS
FROMTHE18's picture

no problemo, thanks birm. 

buckguyfan1's picture

Would love to hear a couple words from JJ.  Glad he is a Buckeye. 

Jeremy Birmingham's picture

Trying to work on that, lots of these guys are in celebration mode today with friends, family and teammates. I've sent out a request, I am sure they'll get back to me when the dust settles.

buckguyfan1's picture

Thanks Birm, you could use a break as well. 

+1 HS
45has2's picture

4.12.14 is toooooo far away.

"I don't like nice people. I like tough, honest people." -W.W. Hayes

bigbadbuck's picture

As always Birm thanks for the great work you do and the class and style you do it with.

Gentlemen, you can't fight in here, its a war room

Jeremy Birmingham's picture

Thanks, appreciate that.

Jeremy Birmingham's picture

Added Dylan Thompson and Jamarco Jones.

Lawver_5's picture

Gotta love the attitude the lower ranked kids seem to have. We need players with a chip on their shoulder

BassDropper's picture

Will you guys be posting video of the interviews from campus today? I'm interested in hearing Kwon and JD


Jeremy Birmingham's picture

Kyle, Mike and Jordan were there - there will be info perhaps coming tomorrow morning from Kyle I'd imagine.

Jordan Wagner's picture

Kyle will have more on McMillan and Dixon tomorrow. 

allbucksallthetime's picture

Birm...Your 'story' is never more important than the recruit or family.  "Thank you" for doing your job as professionally as you do and with the proper decorum.  
We are indeed blessed to have the 11W staff on our side!  Go Bucks!  

Go1Bucks's picture

Maybe Meechy can ask them all to make time for a sitdown with you at some point.
(hint, hint)  Great work Birm.
Go Bucks!

Go Bucks!

darbnurb's picture

Brady Taylor is becoming one of my favorite recruits.  

+1 HS
jamesrbrown322's picture

I agree. It is always wonderful to have kids become part of the team who are quite literally living out their boyhood dream.

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill