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 firstname.lastname@example.org.