Wishing Alex the Best

Jason Priestas's picture
March 25, 2013 at 5:41a
100 Comments

Yesterday was Alex's last day with Eleven Warriors. He's moving on to Bucknuts after receiving an offer that he'd be crazy to turn down.

Alex has been instrumental in building Eleven Warriors to the place it is today and he'll be sorely missed. If we could have cloned him, we would have. His four years of hard work on the recruiting front and dedication to making 11W a better place was a crucial part of our growth.

If there was a way to keep Alex, we would have done it. But as a small, independent site, we simply did not have the resources to match the offer.

While it's never easy to lose someone like Alex, we are well positioned for his departure. Derek moves into our Director of Recruiting/Scouting role and both he and Miles have built extensive networks with recruits and coaches in Ohio State's recruiting footprint (which is pretty much the entire country at this point). They're both excited to step into expanded roles and to build upon what Alex started at Eleven Warriors. We have some exciting things planned.

I also firmly believe that in an age of Twitter and instant information, our free model is sustainable and will keep us competitive on the recruiting front.

Alex becomes the fourth writer at Eleven Warriors to move into a salaried position, covering the team and topics that they love. We embrace that cradle of writers image, but at the same time, we'll continue to work to ensure Eleven Warriors grows to become a destination spot and not an elite AAA team for better funded operations. We're close.

Please join me in congratulating Alex and Derek on their new roles.

Alex has asked me to share this farewell message:

For over four years this place has been like a second family to me and I want to thank each and every one of you making it a special part of my life.

Special thanks go out to Jason and Chris (and Corey) for first giving me the opportunity to express my passion for Ohio State on this platform after finding me struggling to keep dottingthei.com afloat after starting the site with a few of my friends.

I also want to thank the other staff writers who have always been there for me and have helped me develop throughout my career. Big props to Derek and Miles for elevating our recruiting platform with me over the last year.

Finally, I want to thank all of you readers for actually caring about what I put on the interwebs and giving me feedback, both good and bad throughout the years, to help me grow and more importantly, help this site grow.

I hope you all will follow my content at Bucknuts, but also continue to come to 11W for all of your Buckeye needs.

This site is truly a special place and I really believe the ongoing success it has seen over the last couple of years will continue well into the future. I know I couldn't get to where I am today without 11W and I wish the staff all of the best. I'll definitely be sure to pop in from time to time to say hi and I know Derek and Miles will do a great job of keeping you in the loop for recruiting.

Once again, thank you all and feel free to reach me at any time at [email protected].

Go Bucks,

Alex

 

Comments

Baroclinicity's picture

Alex, your work was simply amazing here-- I've never seen insight into recruiting like you were able to provide before.  Best of luck in your future, and you will be missed.  Congrats on the new position!

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

bukyze's picture

Say it ain't so!  Damn Bucknuts!  Best of luck Alex - you will sorely be missed here.  Bucknuts instantly upgraded their site with a quality guy.  But Derek and Miles will seamlessly fill the void, and I continue to look forward to more of the best Buckeye recruiting coverage in the business from 11W's!

LouGroza's picture

Two thoughts. Absolutely hate to see you go but at the same time happy for you and your success. You have done fantastic work here and Bucknuts is very fortunate to get you. Keep up the great work, you will be missed, and Go Bucks!

Joe4's picture

It's a testament to how great Alex is that when I read this, I was legitimately bummed out, like something happened to someone I know or something.  Best of luck!

BuckeyeBoyer85's picture

Good luck Alex, thank you for all you have done for this great site. 

Wayne Woodrow Hayes

popeurban's picture

I am stunned because this was so unexpected, but the fact that Bucknuts would bid for your services is an obvious move.  Thank you for your tireless work Alex to keep us informed.  Best wishes.

Smanpoint10's picture

aww man. Good luck in your future endeavors

Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

Congratulations on the new opportunity Alex.  Thank you very much for everything you have done for 11W and I wish you the best of luck in the future.
 
Congrats to Derek also for his new role here at 11W!

steensn's picture

Well... hard to turn down $$$... :)
Thanks Alex and good luck.

sharks's picture

That whole 'pay for content that is posted sooner and better on 11W' model, huh?
Can't blame him- he's a very good writer- best of luck to him.

The postgame show is brought to you by... Christ, I can't find it. The hell with it...

Unky Buck's picture

Best of luck, Alex! We'll definitely miss your insight over here.

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EazyElmo's picture

I saw on twitter where Alex had changed his icon and I was confused as hell. This clears things up. Best of luck in all your endeavors, good sir. You will be missed around here.

Alex's picture

Thank you all for the kind words. It is a little bittersweet for me today as I have a great opportunity over there, but this site has been home for over four years. Derek and Miles will do a killer job here and I will be sure to check in from time to time!

steensn's picture

Alex, no matter how many time you check in you won't be able to steal my Premium 11W Platinum membership business for Bucknuts ;)

Poison nuts's picture

When I first came here, it had to do with Urban Meyer being hired...I didn't even know about team sports blogs. I'd never followed recruiting before I started my daily visits here. That changed quickly. I've gotten into the recruiting coverage as another way to get my OSU fix online. I think Alex has done a stellar job with recruiting coverage & I for one will miss his updates & info greatly. I appreciate the fact that he's answered many of my questions! Unfortunately, I can't follow him to Bucknuts...11W is my spot, and I just don't care for the formats of the sites - I guess a twitter account is in the future to check out what Alex has to say...anyways - Congratulations, Best Wishes, & Good Luck Alex, you'll be missed!
Congrats to Derek, you've been doing a great job. I had a feeling something was up when you did the recent mailbag, which you did very well on btw...Looking forward to what the future has in store, and I bet the recruiting coverage will only keep getting better...

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

MN Buckeye's picture

My story is similar to yours, POISON.  I used to regularly check 4 sites (including bucknuts) but have settled into 11W as the primary source of information and for great discussion.
Alex, thank you for your great work, you will be missed.  Congrats to Miles and Derek!

bukyze's picture

Copy that.  I used to be a Bucknuts subscriber.  They had these advertisements for scUM gear every day, and would not take it down.  So I cancelled my membership.  Found 11W a couple of years ago, and it blows them away in every single capacity.  Love the format, and love the community here.  Even though I don't post as much as I used to, I'm still on this dang site 2-3 times a day!

Ahh Saturday's picture

Never been a subscriber, but similarly bounced around various free boards before settling here at 11W. Have to say, the free board at Bucknuts might be the worst there is.

Unky Buck's picture

That I will agree with. I was debating on getting a premium subscription over there, but then I started coming here and the community is so much better. That alone made me not want to go over there much. Outside of this morning after seeing Alex was heading there, I haven't been to their page in 4 or 5 months. There was always fights breaking out between people on the message boards and no real sense of comradery amongst fellow Buckeye fans. With 11W, I can get my Buckeye news and chat with other fans in a nice, cordial way without anyone getting offended if you don't agree with their point of view. Even if they were entirely free and 11W was a paysite, I'd still come to 11W.

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Buckabroad's picture

Alex,
I want to thank you for years of dedication and hard work. I have followed you on 11W regularly and always have appreciated the insight you provided greatly. I am very sorry to see you go. I wish you the best at your new position.

"The minute we stop expecting greatness, we become Wisconsin."

wayneo's picture

bucknuts will still suck,just a little less so.

Eye27's picture

Good luck Alex.

b_pbucksfans's picture

We're gonna miss you Alex! Good luck on your future endeavors!

d1145fresh's picture

I feel like Alex needed a grey box for this announcement. Anyways, best of luck and I can't wait to read your write-ups.... or at least the blurbs GSW post in daily quickbits. 

gobucks96's picture

Sucks that he's leaving, but that place needed help... Visited that site a few times and it's not even close to here. I think the buckeye fans win here with Alex.

Larryp713's picture

What can I say but all the best to Alex, and a big thanks for his work here. His updates were great. I think he has left a legacy that will be tough to match, but I have been very impressed with some of the other guys here recently, and think 11Warriors is still in great shape.

Respectfully,

Larryp713

Hovenaut's picture

Best of luck Alex, you leave 11W in a great place. While I'm not too fond of Bucknuts, I'll know that at least one excellent contributor over there.

I am not very smart, but I recognize that I am not very smart.

UrbzRenewal's picture

You are the man Alex, congrats on the new position. 247Sports is making all of the right moves, personnel, experience, and innovation-wise. 

ab42beerman's picture

Best of luck sir.  Haven't been here that long but really enjoyed your writing and recruiting updates.

DaytonBuckeye4life's picture

Thanks for all the recruiting insight it will be missed good luck over atbuck nutsbuck nuts

Buckeyeneer's picture

Thanks for the hard work, Alex. Good luck on all of your future endeavors.

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

THE Ohio State University

osubuck57's picture

Best of luck Alex!! You will be missed!!

SCOTTC.

brandonbauer87's picture

I'm actually a little glad to read this. The headline made me think something bad had happened to him. 

BlueBayou's picture

The first article I read on this site was written by Alex, and the quality of it made me decide to keep coming back.  No matter your allegiance, you can't help but appreciate Alex's work (as well as the other 11W staffers).  Congratulations on the new position Alex, it is always a blessing to be able to follow one's dreams.
Derek and Miles, while Alex's shoes are large, I have not doubt you two are up to the task.  Keep up the good work.
 

Bucks43201's picture

Scout is reporting that Buckuts just signed a 5 *, and Phil Steele has Gleitman as a VHT.

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

bowthrock's picture

Best of luck to you Alex. You are the greatest recruiting analyst I have ever followed! 

"Lets beat the shit out of Michigan".... Urban. Frank. Meyer.

umbyosu's picture

Best of luck on your new gig - you will be missed!

Doc's picture

Best of luck Alex. Thanks for your time here, you will be missed. 

"Say my name."

Squirrel Master's picture

I'm sorry but this should have been a gray box! This is big news to the whole community!
Alex, you will be missed around here although we all know we can still follow you on twitter as well. I remember being on here years ago and thinking this Alex guy has his stuff down. I wasn't always the Squirrel Master. I was once known as IheartBRolle! Even then we had some great comments back and forth about recruiting and so forth!
Good luck and we'll see you around! Perhaps in a few years when 11W becomes a financial goldmine, we'll steal you back!

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

BucksfanXC's picture

Congrats to Alex. Congrats to 11W seeing another one leave the nest as a sucess.

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

Triv's picture

Alex's first paywalled article went up this morning, I nearly shed a tear :'(
You will make a great addition to Bucknuts and will be sincerely missed here at 11W. Good luck to you Alex and congrats on the new gig

Sorry Urban, Woody is still my favorite

causeicouldntgo43's picture

Woody said you "Win With People" and Alex's stellar recruiting contributions, which have made 11W a truly winning destination, have proven once again that the old man was right....................

Justanut's picture

Sorry to see you go, Alex. You will be missed! Congratulations Derek on your new position!

razrback16's picture

Best of luck to you Alex!

niblick's picture

happy for Alex, sucks for us!
 

Jdadams01's picture

Sad to see you go, but thankful that you are getting paid to do what you love. That's something we all should strive for. Your work has been top notch and I have no doubt that you'll be making bucknuts a better site from day one. Thank you and good luck!

BuckeyeSki's picture

Best of luck brother. You will be missed

Banned from BlackShoeDiaries since 2008. Crime: Slander/Defamation of Character Judgement: Guilty

KBonay's picture

Cheers Alex! Best of luck to you.  Thanks for all you have done in building this site.

Buckeyefan52's picture

This is by far the worst flip I've seen on this site yet. Hate to lose ya! Best of luck Alex!

Seth4Bucks's picture

Congrats on your new position. I'm really sorry to see you go. But I know you couldn't turn the offer down. If there's a silver lining for 11W in your departure is the fact that Derek and Miles are still around to pick up where you left off. If you were #1 they were like #1A, they have my confidence that the recruiting info won't suddenly become shoddy or even just average. Having said that, I would really love to see you come back from time to time just to say hi or as a special guest writer!

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Thank you Alex!  *chant style*  Good luck at Bucknuts (you won't need it).

Class of 2010.

Ahh Saturday's picture

This is like watching a talented junior go pro.  Good luck Alex, and time for the next guys, Derek and Miles, to step up.  Hopefully GSW will keep us up to date on whatever Alex has got at BN.
 

jmoody's picture

This just ruined my day.

"Did you push yourself to be great today? If you didn't do it you lost a day. We ain't got many days to lose. We're going to push your a$$ like its never been pushed because what you've got in you were going to find out" UFM

ATT2121's picture

Thanks for everything and good luck! We are all proud of you

 
 

"It all goes so fast, and character makes the difference when it's close."
Jesse Owens
 

SonOfBuckeye's picture

Alex's recruiting coverage was my favorite thing about 11w.   Sad to see you go, but good luck and enjoy your success.

OurHonorDefend09's picture

Alex was one of my favorite writers on this site. Extremely sad to see him go, but a tremendous congratulations to him. I'm anxious to see what the rest of the recruiting writers have in store for us.

Don't give up... Don't ever give up.

burkmon's picture

Congratulations, Alex.  Best of luck to you at Bucknuts!

 

jthiel09's picture

Congrats and good luck. Thanks for all you've done to help make 11W the amazing Buckeyes site it is and will continue to be!

JT

BuckeyeChief's picture

Fair winds and following seas.

 

"Damn I miss El Guapo"

bucknasty13's picture

I'm devastated, but good luck and congrats Alex.  You deserve it.  Thanks for all of your tireless work.

Nick's picture

Surprised it didn't happen sooner, well deserved. 

Born and Bred's picture

Best of luck Alex! I'm sure you will do amazing over at Bucknuts!

Buckeye till I'm dead

FitzBuck's picture

Well this is bitter sweet.  So happy when people that excel at their work are recognized and appreciated.  Alex I've enjoyed reading your stuff and you are the main reason I joined eleven warriors last month.  
Im still expecting good info from you on twitter.  JK
I will have to consider a bucknuts subscription.  

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

thetothmancometh's picture

Happy for Alex, but feel like

 

Unky Buck's picture

That looks like Lloyd Braun.

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cplunk's picture

Sad for me, happy for Alex. 
Best wishes for the new job!

SilverState's picture

Dang. What a bummer. (Though happy for you, of course.) Alex, you've pretty much been synonymous with my 11W experience from the first day I found this place. Hard to see you go. All good things must come to an end though...will always remember the Alex Era.
I know you'll probably hold your word and stop back by to say "Hi", but just want to say don't be that guy who doesn't...
Godspeed.

avail31678's picture

No offense to the any of the other contributors on 11W....but BUMMER!  This sucks.
I do absolutely wish Alex the best.  Thanks for all you've done, all of the inside info and opinions on recruiting you've provided have been great.  No doubt you will be fantastic in your new role.

BuckeyeKrime's picture

This is a gray box moment....
 
Best of luck to you Alex. Might have to get the Bucknuts subscription now.

TNbuckeye91's picture

Sad gray box moment actually. Its like a damn good recruit flipping

dubjayfootball90's picture

Damn, Congrats Alex, and Congrats to Derek and Miles for the new positions.
Just like the buckeyes, no rebuilding, just reloading.
Good luck to everyone in their respective roles and be sure to keep sharing the love of Ohio State.

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

KBonay's picture

^^^^Just like the buckeyes, no rebuilding, just reloading.
 
*LIKE*

Alex's picture

Thank you all for the kind words

Ahh Saturday's picture

Finally, a chance to upvote Alex. I was also kind of hoping a new 11w poster would show up who seems surprisingly well informed about recruiting, but is in no way in breach of any non-compete clause contained in some new contract.

RedStorm45's picture

Bummer.  Good luck, Alex.
I had never really gotten into NSD that much until visiting this site, and had a blast the last 2 years.  Alex is/was (damn, what verb tense do I use here?) great on signing day and everyone had some great exchanges.  I know I perhaps butted heads with Alex a couple times (Johnny Townsend comes to mind recently) but it was all in good fun.  It's hard to capture tone and whatnot strictly through text, so I apologize to you Alex if any of our exchanges ever came across as hostile.
 
Side bar : Any interest in Gene by 11W? He posts pretty much daily.

otrain2416's picture

thanks for being such an awesome resource for all us crazy fans you will be missed!

TMargo's picture

Thanks for all the fantastic info Alex.  You will be missed.  Good luck and as always Go Bucks!

Dublin68's picture

Good luck Alex, 

Buckeye Chuck's picture

Good luck in the new position, Alex. Your hard work is appreciated. And you always played it straight (that is, no telling people what they wanted to hear if it conflicted with the situation as you saw it).
Fortunately, 11W is well established enough at this point to serve as its own magnet for writing talent.

The most "loud mouth, disrespect" poster on 11W.

BrooklynBuckeye's picture

Alex, you will really be sorely missed. It's.incredible how reliable you have become as a recruiting source. I'm sure we are all in good hands here at 11w, but it's a little concerning that your flip came came out of nowhere and none of our new sources were on top of it :)

nmaxwell's picture

haven't been registered on this site for long, but have been reading it for a few years now.  always enjoyed your content, alex (as well as everyone elses!).  best of luck to you.  we're obviously on different sides of the rivalry, but news is so often overlapping, i get great information here no matter what i'm looking for.
i just wish michigan football had a website half as well run as 11w.  that's a testament to alex and the rest of the 11w staff.  thanks for tolerating us michigan fans that want to come onto an active forum and discuss the game and rivalry we're all passionate about!

Haybucks's picture

Best of luck Alex.  Make Bucknuts better!

You've got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was. - Irish proverb

 

BME_Buckeye's picture

I'm late to the good bye party but thank you for your success and contributions to this site that you brought to us as users. I really enjoyed the work you did along the recruiting trail and keeping us up to date and in the loop. I hope your move works out well for you in your career path. BTW thanks for taking the time to answer the few emails I sent you. That meant a lot to me. 

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

 

cajunbuckeye's picture

Congrats Alex. Appreciate all the hard work and effort.

An angry fan...rooting for an angry team...led by angry coaches

Schack21's picture

congrats Alex !! Your work is always a must read good luck to you , going to miss your articles on 11w for sure.

Schack

johnny11's picture

Congratulations Alex on the new position. Your recruiting expertise really made this site a gem. Thanks for your effort here 11w and best of luck over at bucknuts.

buckeye76BHop's picture

Moving onto Bucknuts​...OMG!  You've picked the dark side Luke...WHY ohhhh WHY!?  Just kidding, congrats and thanks so much for all you do Alex.  I just now saw this or I'd of chimed in long ago.  You a big reason why I chose 11W over the guys you're going to work for.  However I still visit there everyday...just don't pay anymore for that site.  Good luck Alex and thanks again for all you did for 11W...greatly appreciated.

"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 

theobi's picture

Congratulations Alex, but I am devastated. You will be missed

pjtobin's picture

Thanks for your hard work and dedication. You will be missed here. And will be loved there. Congrats. 

Bury me in my away jersey, with my buckeye blanket. A diehard who died young. Rip dad. 

Maestro's picture


Best of luck in your future Alex.  Thanks for all of your hard work and insight.

vacuuming sucks

TheHostileDwarf's picture

Congratulations, Alex, and best of luck. You'll be missed round these parts.

penult's picture

Good luck, Alex, and good for you.  Thanks for your contributions.  Congratulations to Derek and Miles as well.

bodast67's picture

 

 

 

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

scc8t's picture

11 warriors is part of my daily routine. I love the format and that it is free and full of respectful members. Sorry to see Alex go as he posted great content which is what we come here for. Thank you.
I did just use the amazon link to buy a new tv so hopefully that helps the site. And hopefully i will be watching the bucks in the final four on the new tv.

yankeescum's picture

Thanks so much for the work and dedication.  This site is the best out there and you are a big part of that.  We'll all miss the bejeezus out of you.

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

well...shit. This is what i get for not checking this site for 2 days.

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

bodast67's picture

I hear you BUCKEYEBROWN...I was trapped up North in Wisconsin without Internet access for three days and I came back to this news....damnit !

 

 

 

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

BuckeyeUro's picture

It has been three days since he left and I already miss him and his writing for the site!!!

texasbuckeye's picture

Bucknuts, if you can't beat them buy them.  Congrats Alex .  Good luck Derek, you have some big shoes to fill