The hours are starting to seem like days themselves at this point. It's every college football fans version of Christmas, their birthday, and their wedding anniversary (for those of us that are tied down) all rolled into one. National Signing Day is the time when every college football fan (especially fans of a program that matters) are glued to their computer screens just waiting for the confirmation that a player has selected the school they root for to play his college ball.
Really for an obsessed football fan it's like watching Dick Clark on New Year's eve while the ominous ball descends in the background. You count the names on the list as they multiply, but you also scratch off names on the list of potential signees as they make their choice for schools that you don't root for. It's one of the most organized forms of chaos imaginable.
The image of Coach Meyer sitting at his desk, sweat beading up on his wrinkled forehead, fingers intwined, as he chews his bottom lip in anticipation of the fax machine lighting up with news is one we can only imagine as fans. Seasons prior (no pun intended) to the last two had seen little excitement on signing day. It always seemed as though Tress had his guys he wanted locked up, and on signing day he just sat back and let things happen. Maybe it's not the case, maybe it's just the perception that Urban Meyer is the John Rambo of college recruiting, and he hits the recruiting road hard from the moment he offers a player, until the moment that player signs and pushes send on the fax machine. Either way the buzz surrounding signing day has never been as electric as it is this year (at least in this writer's memory), as come Wednesday of next week there will be a number of players that TOSU fans will be waiting to hear about on pins and needles.
The big fish in our collective "buckeye pond" is no secret, it's Georgia safety Von Bell. Right now he's the prettiest girl at the dance so to speak, and Tennessee, Alabama, and Ohio State all want to do the foxtrot like they never have before. Not since the decision day of Terrelle Pryor has the environment surrounding a player been this closely scrutinized. Of course the difference is, Von Bell is choosing not to be a diva about his recruitment, and he intends on announcing when he said he would, and I would imagine he would get the Ohio State moniker correctly and not put a feeling of absolute sickness in the collective guts of Buckeye Nation (see Terrelle Pryor annoucing "The University of Ohio State" which we all know doesn't exist). The truth is, as much as we may all feel tortured by waiting on Bell's decision, he has earned this time, and we will wait patiently, or impatiently, either way to hear him announce his choice.
Next in line we're talking about Dontre Wilson, an explosive, and athletic running back from Texas who is currently commited to an Oregon program that is without it's Admiral. As we all know Chip Kelly left the college ranks (in a bit of a cloud of controversy as sanctions for recruiting loom over Oregon) to pursue a job with the Philadelphia Eagles. When Kelly took off, Wilson reopened his recruitment, and sent a shockwave of excitement into Buckeye nation when he had earlier proclaimed that if he didn't go to Oregon, Ohio State would be his second choice. I think the overall impression of most of us is that Ohio State has a great shot to land Wilson as he is very much excited about the spread offense that Urban Meyer commands.
Those are the highlights, and I guess next we talk about the low lights, and what is more distressing for Buckey fans than anything else really. The idea that someone would want to commit to play at TOSU, but then months later rescend his commitment is almost like treason. In truth we as fans have no reason to hold resentment towards these kids if they think they would be better suited some where other than Columbus (a thought I can't quite wrap my head around) but the truth is it happens, and in the case of EZE it may be more of a reality than most of us are prepared to bear. To be fair to EZE he hasn't decommited, and all he did was take a visit to his home state school (Mizzou), but none of that knowledge helps Buckeye fans feel better about the situation. It's going to be a waiting game with EZE as he has decided to go into hiding until NSD, but please, no one do anything stupid, or drink themselves into a daze over this one. We just have to remain calm and hope for Ezekial Elliott.
So what does it all mean my fellow Buckeye fans? What's the overall pulse and reaction to all of the ebs and flows of recruiting, and the chaos of NSD? The truth is, there is none, and for anyone other than a college football fan, it's just another day. My advice is to do as I do, swallow a fistful of tums, run anti-virus before the chaos starts so that you have optimal speed on your computer, and pray to the football gods for a good return on all of our hope for a successful naitonal signing day.