Eleven Warriors is on Fire

Jason Priestas's picture
April 5, 2013 at 5:10a

No, really. There are flames and it's hot and OUCH.

So, Derek has accepted a new position and will be taking his talents to Scout Beach. It all happened so quickly and we're very excited for him – he'll bring a fantastic skill set to his role working under Bill Greene.

We're also a bit frustrated, because if you know anything about the major Ohio State subscription sites, Bucknuts/247 is the Hatfields to Buckeye Sports Bulletin/Scout's McCoys. The Hatfields made a move last week, and the McCoys answered. Thanks, eternally feuding pay sites!

So Miles is the last man on Moon Base Alpha but he's a good man and he'll deftly hold things down through this big recruiting weekend, letting you know the moment the class of 2014 grows.

And we have insurance!

We'll be announcing the addition of an all-state talent within days. This person should be up and running ahead of the Spring Game next weekend. And as of this writing, we have over 50 applications – many stellar – to become our third recruiting analyst. We are still collecting applications for the open analyst position, so if you or someone you know might be interested, let us know.

Please join me in congratulating Derek and thanking him for his time and effort.

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Buckeyeneer's picture

Just saw this on Scout's pay board. Best wishes to Derek over there and excited to hear about who will fill his shoes here.

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

THE Ohio State University

popeurban's picture

This goes to show what a quality thing we have here at 11W.  The pay sites are getting scared and stealing our talent.  Jason, thank you for your tireless effort to keep the ship on course.  Derek, best wishes and thanks for all of your work here at 11W.

Buckeyeneer's picture

Seriously. I only have an account on Scout b/c they keep up on all the realignment stuff pretty well which I happen to be very interested in (not to say that they don't have other good things there). While most of the comments on the news of the Derek hire were very welcoming and complementary, there was a comment or two that rubbed me the wrong way, i.e. referring to Derek as "One of the few respectable people on that site" Nice compliment to him but slandering the other talent here that I have come to appreciate. Anyway, this thread is about wishing Derek luck, so again, BEST OF LUCK, DEREK!

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

THE Ohio State University

Jason Priestas's picture

Thanks. This is a topic for another time and place, but I firmly believe the subscription model is endangered. There was a time when you had gurus that would phone recruits and distill information to the masses. With Twitter, that's not quite as important.

Relationships are still very important, but it's also a lot of aggregation these days.

popeurban's picture

Jason, this is part of what I meant by the pay sites being scared, I think they know they are endangered/in trouble.  Again, keep up the great work!  This will always be my one stop for buckeye news.

BuckeyeNinja's picture

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!But seriously Congrats LOL

hodge's picture

I hear that Eleven Dub didn't actually start the fire, though. 
It was always burning since the world's been turning. 

lamplighter's picture

up for the Billy Joel reference.  Is Christy Brinkley around?

Baroclinicity's picture

Apologies in advance to the female viewers of this site, but I have to be a typical male here.
She's still hot.  And she's gotta be in her mid to late 50s at this point.

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


you know it's going to be a good day when you start with a "We Didn't Start the Fire" reference +1
Good luck Derek. Just comes to show what kind of great talent 11W has on its staff :)

"Sherman ran an option play right through the south" - Greatest Civil War analogy EVER.

CALPOPPY's picture

No, they didn't light it. But they tried to fight it.

I'm a hurtin' buckaroo.

MN Buckeye's picture

Here's wishing you all the best, Derek!  You will be missed.

Grant Edgell's picture

Was hoping Kim Jong-un had hacked Jason's account and was dishing more empty rhetoric. Unfortunately, not the case.
Quick testament to 11W from a fan's point of view--
As most do, I read every ounce of recruiting news put forth on here with keen interest but it isn't the sole reason I visit. That said, I quickly became a big fan of Alex, Derek and Miles and their abilities/information and felt no need to surf around the webs to keep up with OSU recruiting news.
Alex leaves - and not once have I visited Bucknuts to try to "keep up." No thank you.
Derek is leaving (congrats, man) - but I doubt my computer will find itself peaking in on Buckeye Sports Bulletin anytime soon to "keep up," although I wish Derek all the very best. I've followed him since before he came to 11W and he'll continue to do very well.
The point is, this crew finds a way to not only survive but to thrive in the ultra competitive field of online Buckeye news. 11W is a prime case of the importance of the name on the front of the jersey above the name on the back.

Joe4's picture

Really liked your last sentence!

Jason Priestas's picture

Thanks, Grant.

Baroclinicity's picture

Good luck Derek! 

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

buckeye76BHop's picture

Good luck Derek

"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 

Jangs78's picture

Truly a testament as to what the 11W staff brings to the table.  Best of luck, Derek...we'll see you around the interwebs my friend     :)  

gobucks96's picture

Good luck Derek, but I'm staying here with the good site!

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

So 11w has lost Elika, Alex, and Derek? I hate 2013. ;_;

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

BME_Buckeye's picture

Thankfully 11W is like the Buckeyes and don't have rebuild but reload with new writers. Sadly I will miss Derek. Its kinda depressing to see them leave because I have been impressed with their quality of work.  :(

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.


jestertcf's picture

-gasp- where did Elika go?

~Because we couldn't go for three~

741's picture

She's on Twitter 24/7 if you need a fix.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

I don't stal....er, read her twitter account anymore.

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

FitzBuck's picture

Good luck Derek.  

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

buckz4evr's picture

Good luck and going to miss you.  Sob , sob

airborne082385's picture

Good luck Derek we are going to miss your quality insight!

toad1204's picture

At first I thought somebody had torched Alex's new ride.  Alas another one moves one.  Congrats Derek. 

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

MN Buckeye's picture

So Jason, I am interested in how many 3-, 4-, and 5-star recruits you are looking at to replace those we lost.  

Jason Priestas's picture

We have one Army All-American in hand and looking through some of the applications we've received, our third analyst should also come VHT in Phil Steele parlance.

MN Buckeye's picture

Excellent, I can hardly wait until signing day!

Triv's picture

Congrats to Derek, I wish him the best at his new gig. 
Jason, with you being the founder of this site (I think at least...) your "coaching tree" so to speak is massively growing. Soon, you'll be able to say half of the analysts out there at pay sites learned under your tutelage, like 11W is the stepping stone to the big leagues. So congrats to you as well on running a fantastic site and bringing in top notch talent.
11 warriors doesn't rebuild, we reload

Sorry Urban, Woody is still my favorite

Jason Priestas's picture

Thanks. It's bittersweet because although we're excited and proud of people that move on to gigs, we'd love to be able to keep everyone. At the end of the day, though, we've been lucky to have some great writers/analysts come through here.

Poison nuts's picture

Regardless of who goes where - this will always be the site I look at when it's 4:45 am & I can't sleep, like right now for instance...so there's that...

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

MN Buckeye's picture

yup, just need the family and updates at 5:30 am central when I should be sleeping

dubjayfootball90's picture

Damn, that is awesome man, Congrats to Derek. Great to see him moving on up. I still live and breathe 11W though, ;)

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

jeremytwoface's picture

Very cool.
Congrats all around.

And when we win the game, we'll buy a keg of boooooooooze!! And we'll drink to old Ohio 'till we wobble in our shoes.

Curt Heinrichs's picture

Wait...There are other sites that cover Ohio State athletics? Who knew? Isn't 11W one-stop shopping? 
At any rate, Congratulations Derek. 

steensn's picture

No one say "It's ok, we still have _____." That ended badly for 11W last time! :)
Congrats! I'm still not giving up my 11W Platinum Membership...

741's picture

Please tell me that photo of a burning Ferrari is Photoshopped.

M Man's picture

Bucknuts scares me.
Not in a "Ryan Shazier scares me" way.
Rather, in a "Drunk guy with a pistol wobbling down High Street and I am wearing my Michigan shirt walking out of Eddie George's place because I could no longer stand to watch the Alabama game; that guy scares me" way.

AngryWoody's picture

Congratulations to Derek! Eleven Warriors is like the "Cradle of Coaches".....er "Cradle of Recruiting Analysts"

Our Honor Defend!

fansince1968's picture

Congrats & good luck Derek!

BUCKfutter's picture

the kids are playing their tail off, and the coaches are screwing it up! - JLS

osubuck57's picture

Good Luck and congrats Derek!!!


cbusbuckeye's picture

Congrats to Derek!! Im concerned about something though...large amounts of people actually pay for the info that we read and banter about on here all year for free? Cant wait till the day Eleven Warriors has the volume/following of the pay sites and their writers want to come here!

Poison nuts's picture

Well, good luck Derek. Like others have said, I'll not be following anyone to any other sites, as this is my spot & I just don't care to check any others too much...I trust 11W will find someone good to fill these 2 giant pairs of recently departed shoes. I know there is one guy here who has been putting in work on the forums for the past few years that must be getting a pretty good look right about now...

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

MN Buckeye's picture

I will miss Derek and Alex!
But it is time to reload.  Recruiting news is very important, but the discussion forums created by Jason et al. allow the best conversation!  Long live 11W!

allbucksallthetime's picture

Best wishes to Alex and Derek.  The mere fact these gentleman have been in demand speaks volumes to the quality of their work, this site, and the work the entire staff at 11W continues to do.  While no one is irreplaceable, these two will certainly be missed.  Go Bucks!

Jelligrim's picture

Ramzy,  are there any shining silver bullets to reload the 11W gun?

Poison nuts's picture

Hey, where's Walt?

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



Buckeyefan52's picture

Congrats Derek. Hopefully 11w doesn't turn into Kentucky with a bunch of one-and-dones and sending them off to pay sites lol you will be missed Derek.

Next man up

Doc's picture

Congrats Derek and good luck!  11W is the best Buckeye site on the planet.  This is my first and only stop on the web.  Thanks for that Jason, and everyone else.

CJDPHoS Member

The Official DDS of 11W

Tdizzle's picture

Would love to see gsw be one get on staff.. And congrats to Derek.. I will miss him and Alex's input on here but like everyone else has side whoever 11w gets they will be great..

Jeremy Birmingham's picture

Alex did an amazing job getting the 'crootin side of things off the ground over here, Derek (and Miles) helped him keep it moving upward and onward, and we'll continue to make it the best place on the internet for free, timely and important Buckeye recruiting information.