Ohio State Commit Demetrius Knox on His Recruitment

By Demetrius Knox on February 9, 2014 at 12:30p
Demetrius Knox and his buddy Daniel Gresham
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Demetrius Knox, the first member of this site to sign with Ohio State to play football, is back to share the story of his recruitment.

First of all, I'm happy that I finally get to write on my favorite site again, and thanks to Birm and the rest of the staff, I may be able to write a couple articles on here. It's been a while but I thought I would give you all a heads up on what the last month or so has been like for me.

Some of you may know that when coach Strong left Louisville and went to Texas, Daniel Gresham had his offer pulled with the new coaching staff at Louisville. That really hurt me because Coach Strong promised Daniel that he wasn't going anywhere and even if he did, he promised that Daniel would be able to come with him. Once (Strong) left like he said he wouldn't, he did not take Daniel with him and that threw me into a bit of a funk with recruiting and coaches everywhere. It was so late in the process and everyone was pretty much full at the running back spot and I was worried Daniel would be left out in the cold.

Urban Meyer = World Class Photobomber
Demetrius Knox is heading home to Ohio.

That got me thinking about my own recruitment. "Do all these coaches lie? Are they are only in it for the money and they don't care about the guys they offer?" Because of this, I started to have my own second thoughts about Ohio State. All these questions came to my head like, "do they even like me as a player? Do they even care about me as a person?" 

Over the past two years or so, I had managed to build a great relationship with the Ohio State coaching staff, but after the incident happened to Daniel, who is basically a brother to me, I just felt a shield go up around me, because I didn't want to put all my trust in to a group of men that would one day let me down. I tell you people this isn't easy stuff for a grown man to handle, let alone a high school kid being told this, that and the other thing by every coach in the country every single day. I know there's mixed emotions about recruiting and from the people who follow it, some who think that we (recruits) bring this attention on ourselves and that if we would just "stop playing games," that things would be easier, but we're making the biggest decisions of our lives and it's hard to even have a remotely normal life with college coaches and recruiting analysts and writers calling, texting, direct messaging on Twitter, messaging on Facebook every 15 minutes.

I've tried very hard to be as good to everyone as possible, but unfortunately a few weeks back I made an error in judgment and publicly embarrassed a writer who had always tried to be pretty good to me. I was frustrated with repeated messages and I let my frustration get the better of me, and I sincerely regret it. I had no intention of things blowing up the way they did, and I am sorry I handled it the way I did. I was just so tense with everything going on around me, my recruitment and with my best friend's recruitment that I didn't think clearly.

Fortunately, I discussed the situation with the Ohio State coaches and they completely understood what I was going through and why I was feeling the way I was. I knew Ohio State was the place for me after that because of something coach (Buckeye offensive co-ordinator Tom) Herman and coach (Ed) Warinner did without me ever considering asking. Herman and Warinner started to call around to different colleges to see if they could find a school that wanted to sign another running back. I didn't know that at the time, but it showed me that not all coaches are just using the kids they offer. They did care about me, and not just me, either. My friends and family mattered to them.

Deep down I knew I had so much faith in the Ohio State program and coaches, but it was just so tough for me to see someone who was close to me put in that situation. The Ohio State coaches sensed this and Urban Meyer, being the genius that he is, sent the house to come and get me back in my right mind. Coach Herman, Warinner and Urban Meyer all came on a visit to my school to see me and go out to dinner.

Knox and his buddies
Knox and his Division 1 high school teammates.

This may sound corny or whatever but there are just some people that you can be around and they don't have to say a word but the vibe that they give off is so strong that you can automatically know what they're about. That meeting in my coach's office took me back to when I first met coach Meyer up at Ohio State. I saw him and after talking to him the first time I was like "wow, this man is really smart and has a plan, he's going to get the job done."  It was like that when I walked into my coach's office. Just to see all the coaches that came to see me, but the first person I saw was coach Meyer and anytime you're around him, you just catch that vibe that he's a man who deserves respect, and that's because he gives respect first.

That day it was almost automatically that I was like, "What am I doing? This is the best overall staff that I've seen in college football. This is my dream school and I'm committed to play for and be a student at The Ohio State University."

I immediately came to my senses but I tried to play it cool with the coaches (laughs.) We were all talking then all of a sudden coach Meyer cut everyone off and said "You're my left guard. I need you to come in mature, I need you to come in ready and prepared," he said this with a face that was screaming that he was serious.

I looked him in the eyes and said "Yes sir, I'll be there."

He said he loved how mature I was already but if I'm going to come in and take over then I'm going to have to act like a twenty year old man around all of the other men that play at Ohio State. I was proud, I had Urban Meyer sitting in my school telling me that he needs me to come in and take over. This all made my day but it was implied that nothing is going to be given to me, I've got to work my tail off to earn it. I'm going to have to be ready and better than the rest if I want to come in and take over left guard and reach my goal of being a freshman All-American.

That entire day at school, I guess you could say coach Meyer was "brain washing me." The word  "preparation" kept playing over and over in my head. He had only said that one word, that I have to get to work now so I can work my butt off to be the man in the fall. All day all I heard was "preparation". It has stuck in my head since then, so if you ever hear or see me tweet "preparation" then you know why. I will be prepared when I arrive at Ohio State.

Yes, it's all one big blessing that I have all of this going for me as far as playing for my dream school and talking to all of these highly ranked coaches but I could tell that throughout the day that the coaches didn't see the excitement from my face. Yes, I am excited and I don't take any of this for granted but the thing is I've been saying this since the second grade. I said that I was going to be an All-American in high school. I said that I was going to go to Ohio State, I said that I was going to win national championships and go to the NFL. I'm hope that I am not sounding cocky but all of this has just been expected. It's expected because that's just my work ethic will bring me. As long as I work at it, whatever I put my mind to, I'm going to do it.

I can remember my sophomore year when I received my first offer (from Texas A&M,) I was so happy! I came home and told my mom and brother and they were just like "OK, that's really cool," and then carried on with their conversation. It was a blessing to know I'd have my college paid for as a sophomore but again, that was expected because I knew I was going to work for what I wanted. 

Of course, even after that day other schools still had to do their jobs and try and recruit me, but I knew Ohio State was where I wanted to be. It was only a week or so later that the point was hammered home, and again it was something the coaches at Ohio State did; it's how I knew they were different. 

Herman worked overtime
Tom Herman on a less eventful trip to Dallas.

Everyone knows about the story about when coach Herman was stranded in traffic for nineteen hours because he was on his way to the airport to come and see me. He ended up missing his flight because of traffic but managed to finally get to the airport. Nineteen hours without food or water and he didn't choose to fly back home to Ohio, when most people would have. Yet he chose to come and see me because he said he would and maybe a little bit because Coach Meyer told him to "Go and drink a Gatorade, eat a granola bar and go and close the deal on Demetrius." 

The night before signing day I was so excited that I couldn't even sleep. I was up all night trying to figure out what I was going to wear and everything. When I woke up that morning, everything was still cool but when I got to school, I was a nervous wreck, I couldn't explain it but I was just really nervous. The fact that I was actually signing to live my dream just got to me. I guess it finally sunk in a bit.

Being the type of person I am, I couldn't end this without going out with a bang. I planned on faxing a little joke to the coaches, two papers that said, "To coach Herman, Meyer and Warinner, my apologies but I regret to inform you that I will not be faxing my letter of intent to The Ohio State University this morning..." then send the next paper that finished by saying, "...from this fax machine, will you please give me a second?" I decided to not go through with that since I didn't want to cause any heart attacks and end up paying for it with 5:00 a.m running by myself when I get there, though. The staff was happy and they all congratulated me as soon as I sent it in. 

I'm so happy that I'm able to live my dream and be an Ohio State Buckeye. It's a blessing that I have the opportunity to bust my tail and work for all of the accolades that will come with hard work in the future. Now that my high school football career is over, I'm doing everything that I can to be ready mentally and physically so that I can succeed in the classroom and on the field at Ohio State starting day one. I'm happy that I'm able to tell my fellow 11-dubbers what's really gone on in the last month or so for me.

PREPARATION and Go Buckeyes!

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theobi's picture

This is why this site is so awesome. Demetrius, what happened with Daniel?

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Belliott's picture

According to 247, he signed with SMU

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DJ Byrnes's picture

Looks like he signed his LOI with SMU.

The whole Louisville situation sucks. The best athlete out of Marion in a little under a decade (LJ Scott) signed with Louisville because he too really liked Charlie Strong. He was an early-enrollee when Petrino was hired, so now he's stuck under that dude's greasy thumb for the foreseeable future. 

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

ErieBuckeye's picture

Thanks for the insight D, can't wait to watch you play at tOSU the next four years. You seem like a great young man.

oh_dad55's picture

We're certainly glad to have you on the team and will enjoy seeing you fulfilling your dreams.  Thanks!

Oh_Dad

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2morrow's picture

Very nice article Demetrius. Glad you signed with the Buckeyes but I have a feeling you would have been successful no matter where you went. Looking forward to seeing you open holes for the next 4 years. Go Bucks!

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Codeezy's picture

Welcome Meech, loved the article and love to hear recruitin stories and I look forward to cheering you on in person this fall!!

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PAWEST1202's picture

Welcome to the family! Attending The Ohio State University was the best decision of my life. 

Time and Change...

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Chief B1G Dump's picture

Not kissing arse at all here...but that was awesome. Very cool to hear first hand how the process plays and played out. Interesting perspective and amazing to hear the real inner monologue that top recruits go through.
Thanks to Meechy and the staff...hopefully, continued pieces from Meech, as time permits.
Best of luck to you Big Meech, continued success and I cannot wait for you and the football Bucks to do work!

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hetuck's picture

Where did your friend sign? 

Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.

Vince Lombardi

Alpo's picture

I think I read somewhere he ended up signing with SMU. It's a shame what happened to Daniel, completely unfair for a new staff to pull an offer especially that late in the process. 

Welcome back Meech, very cool insight and look forward to future contributions on 11w and more importantly on the feild! Seem to have a great head on your shoulders and have the attitude necessary to achieve your goals. Continued success on and off the feild! Go bucks!

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Remy's picture

Great article. Thank you for sharing your experience. Good luck with your college career in the classroom and on the field.

I would not be surprised to see you working on television, or print, when your playing days are over in 10-15 years.

Dream to Reality

Dream to Reality.

"I'm sick of following my dreams. I'm just going to ask them where they're goin', and hook up with them later." ~ Mitch Hedberg

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kmp10's picture

Thank you for the honesty, and for giving those of us who frequent Eleven Warriors a look inside the recruitment of a major college football prospect. Very interesting, informative and revealing stuff. Best of luck to you… GoBucks!

LouGroza's picture

Fantastic stuff Demetrius. Glad you get a chance to live your dream. As I have always told my own kids before going out to any sporting event or starting anything new in life, "Make 'em bleed!".  (Only in a work hard, give it your absolute best effort sort of way, understand)

O-H-I-Owe-U's picture

Good to hear your account and glad things worked out for your friend. It's good to know the future of the program we love so much is being entrusted to young men of such high character. Keep up the great work!

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741's picture

Instant 11W classic article. 

My question: who is that monster in the middle of the photo of Knox and his high school teammates?

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Phoenix824's picture

I thought the same thing when I saw that picture.    Looks like he had 20 pounds and an inch or two on Meech

Sin City Buckeye's picture

Wow, what an awesome job on the article Mr. Knox. Thank you for sharing your insight to the month leading up to signing day. Much respect.

Is there a difference between Viper and Leo? "No, we just thought Viper sounded cooler."---Former Buckeye Coach Mike Vrabel

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LeftCoastBuck's picture

247 sez that Gresham signed his LOI with SMU

"To crush the Wolverines, to see them driven from their stadium, and to hear the lamentation of their fans" Conan the Barbarian (paraphrased) on "what is best in life."

RedStorm45's picture

Damn, I got a few tears reading that.  We never really get to hear the behind the scenes stuff. Very cool.  And hopefully there are no darn NCAA violations with Meech writing for the site! (I'm sure Titus cleared the way with club trillion)

Good luck, Mr. Knox.  This is a great story and we wish you the best in your preparation!  Push those vets when you get to Cbus and I hope all of your dreams become reality during your time here.

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mobboss1984's picture

Congrats to big meech. Be inspired and never give up.

Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.
Bruce Lee
 

Sin City Buckeye's picture

posted in triplicate sorry

Is there a difference between Viper and Leo? "No, we just thought Viper sounded cooler."---Former Buckeye Coach Mike Vrabel

otrain2416's picture

Great stuff Meech, you're very well spoken and mature for your age. We're very excited to have you as a Buckeye!

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Borrowed Time's picture

Thanks for the great article and sharing your side of the recruitment process. I really enjoyed reading it.

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ScarletNGrey01's picture

Fascinating behind the scenes account of what went on with the recruitment of Demetrius.  Excellent communicator, strong work ethic, impressive young man.  His key phrase "preparation" resonates with me, as you might tell from the slogan I picked for my posts.  Welcome to Buckeye Nation Demetrius, I'm betting you will represent your institution, your team and your family with class and distinction!

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

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Doc's picture

Thanks for your time and input Demetrius. I'm looking forward to any other articles you write, and of course watching you play. Good luck to you. 

"Say my name."

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jayt's picture

Welcome back big Meech!

ODEEZ330's picture

Got chills reading this!!! Fantastic job meech

O'Deez330
stark county football

nrbuckguy's picture

Welcome back Meechy!  Sorry to hear about what happened to Daniel, I'm sure if OSU used a true fullback then Coach Meyer would have flipped him long ago, but I'm glad to hear he found somewhere to go and play football.  I can definitely understand now why you were considering that trip to UCLA. Good luck to you at OSU!

In Urban We Trust

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pabdublin78's picture

Meech- we all had faith you'd end up a Buckeye but for a few days you had a few thousand folks worried....  

So glad your dreams have been realized so far.  Now let's get those other ones!   

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SilverBullet33's picture

Articles like these are why I come to 11W.  I'm a big fan of the whole "behind the scenes" type stuff. This was enlightening.  Good luck young fella. 

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krodawg's picture

Thanks for sharing your story. Your focus, drive and work ethic to turn your dreams into reality is an inspiration even to this old guy. I will be sharing your story with my daughter to help her understand that nothing will come to you; you have to work hard and stay focused to achieve what you desire.

I also loved to hear how tOSU coaches took some time from their already packed schedules to try to "right a wrong" for Gresham. Solid. 

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dubjayfootball90's picture

Yea. This Guy is going to be a good one. His work ethic and view on life, academics and sports will turn him into a great one. If he performs well in high pressure situations, he can become one of the best to come through Ohio State in the trenches. Keep working, big fella. Keep living your dream. Good luck to you, good sir.

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seafus26's picture

Good article. I like how self reflective he is. I was wondering, Meech, why'd you play football at a private school in Texas? Just wondering. I played in Texas and live half the year in Texas

Go Bucks and michigan STILL SUCKS!

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Meechy77's picture

I asked myself the same question my freshman year. I was like why am I here?  But if it wasn't for All Saints in Fort Worth Texas, I would not be playing football still and I sure wouldn't be going to Ohio State. Being there has taught me so much in life, how to conduct myself in public, how important academics and hard work are. All Saints is the best high school I've ever seen. 

Angry staff, Angry team. The Ohio State

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Phoenix824's picture

Finally a response so I can upvote your article by proxy

Loved it that the staff went out of their way for Daniel

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seafus26's picture

Cool. I can respect that. Sounds like you have a good perspective on life. Best of luck to ya. Go Bucks and _ichigan STILL sucks!

Go Bucks and michigan STILL SUCKS!

The Black Stripe's picture

Great stuff. Welcome to tOSU. 

"It is a rite of passage for a player to become an Ohio State Buckeye. You have to earn it."
-Urban F. Meyer

AndyVance's picture

Looking forward to more dispatches from everyone's favorite 11dubber (sorry Hov and/or BvsTW). Glad you have a platform to tell your story, young man.

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Hovenaut's picture

No apologies needed AV, pretty easy to see. 

"Success...it's what you do with what you got" - Woody Hayes

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Unky Buck's picture

That was a great read, Meechy. For as excited as you are to be coming to Ohio State, we are all thrilled you will be joining the greatest university around. From one OSU alum, welcome big man!

...

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bucknut94's picture

Good job Meechy. "Preparation, patience and persistence=Success" :).

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Buckeye414's picture

If this young man continues to live his life the way he has outlined then the sky is the limit for him.  Luck is when preparation meets opportunity.

-Go Bucks!

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Duccivespucci's picture

Wow what an impressive young man. Thank God he's a Buckeye! I'm proud to have hi mom this football team and at this school. He will represent Ohio st. very well in life for the rest of his life as well as on the field. His work ethic is impressive. Welcome Mr. Knox, we are proud of you!

Michael

chitown buckeye's picture

Preparation 

"I'm having a heart attack!"

BHT's picture

Mr. Knox, what penmanship! I loved reading this article and I look forward to future articles by you.

I kind of understand your qualms about the staff, but being Ohio State, I knew the staff would do anything and everything to make you feel comfortable. I think coaches should be more sincere and I am glad the staff at Ohio State is. I am glad you decided to join The Ohio State University, and I look forward to seeing you on the football field this coming season.

I would have liked to see what happened if you had pulled that joke on the staff. I know upon hearing that you would not send your fax I would have a heart attack, but I would have liked to see what happened. After all, it would have been a joke, right?

I loved the article and I look forward to more. Also, welcome back Meechy!

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villagebuckeye's picture

Not only was I impressed with the content of this article but with how well it was written. Journalism major?

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bukyze's picture

Agree, very well done.  Shows the character of our coaches who go out of their way to help another recruit find a college.  Just another reason to be proud of our staff.  Meechy - once you're assigned a number, I have a feeling your jersey is going to sell like hotcakes!

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Jabba the Hoke's picture

I could definitely see a career in journalism for this young man. Very well written.

buckeyedexter's picture

I thought you just wanted a trip to UCLA to enjoy the sunshine, had no idea that what happened to your friend caused 2nd thoughts.  It sucks coaches can just leave a program, but a player has to sit a year. There really should be some penalty to coaches that do that.  I know recruiting can be a cutthroat business; it's nice to hear our coaches really care.

A freshman all American is a pretty big goal, I'll be rooting for ya.  I'm sure you will get a buckeye tree planted in your name at some point.

After football is all done I see a career in the media in your future.

 

 

Oakland Buckeye's picture

Very inspiring as a father of a 2015er who is hoping to be recruited at the D2 - NAIA levels - to see the maturity & candor is unusual. I had my HS Junior read your post Meech as an example of how to further conduct himself & hopefully open some doors on the camp circuit this summer.

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sbentz4's picture

Is this supposed to be a photo bomb?

Hovenaut's picture

Appreciate you sharing your experiences with the community big guy.  We've all been at the crossroads in one way shape or form, it's not always an easy thing to get through. 

I've not followed recruiting like I have the past couple of years since being on 11W, and I still can't fathom the pressure you and others have had to endure. '

You're coming into a new experience with what looks to be the best possible approach, it's going to be a pleasure to see you grow and develop the next few years. 

Stay focused, work hard...you have a helluva fanbase behind you. 

"Success...it's what you do with what you got" - Woody Hayes

ARMYBUCK's picture

Thanks for the insight Meech.  Hopefully you can get some of your football brothers to sign on to 11W and do the same type of write up.  Its fascinating to see what some of you guys go through and how each story is different.  Thanks for your time and look forward to seeing your preparation reap benefits on the gridiron.  God Bless and Good Luck!

Killer nuts's picture

Thanks for taking the time to tell that story, it's always fun getting a little peak into recruiting and seeing that side of the coaches and players. Welcome home Big Meech

AAStagg's picture

Great job, young man.  Thoughtful and well written.  The Ohio State University is a place where you can accomplish more than you ever expected -- get a great education, make new friends [and maybe a wife] from among thousands of bright motivated OSU students, play big boy football and set up a life for yourself after football that will benefit you and your family for the rest of your lives.  These are the rewards that only a great university like tOSU can offer ...for your dedication, your hard work and, yes, for your preparation.  Welcome to your new home!

Remain calm.  It's only a game.

Poison nuts's picture

Great read. Insight into a recruits situation is a rarity & much appreciated. Looking forward to more articles in the future...like, say, what it was like to beat Ttun as freshman starter. I hope to read about that anyway...Good luck at OSU, looking forward to seeing how this season plays out for the 2014 class.

"Death created time to grow the things that it would kill" - Detective Rustin Cohle.

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Knarcisi's picture

Great article, Meech. Proud to have you as part of the family. A few things for all of us to remember:

  • These are 18 year old young men where emotions are high and there is a lot on the table to deal with. 
  • College football has become a business and we are dangerously close to leaving young men in the wake. 
  • Meech, you are right to feel that you are entrusting your future with others, but I can tell you as a 40 year old man, that your future is in your own hands. And with the talent and opportunities that God has given you, you are already way ahead of the game. 
  • Meech, you don't only have a coaching staff and teammates, but millions in Buckeye Nation behind you as one big family. 

Unfinished business. We are with you all the way. Proud to have you aboard. Go Bucks!

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gravey's picture

Most excellent.  I'm proud to call you a Buckeye and to help welcome you to an extraordinary family - Buckeye Nation- and back among the ranks of this equally extraordinary group of folks here at 11W.

2002osubuck's picture

Meechy glad you followed your heart and joined the buckeye family. Being a grad I can tell u, it's not just the next 4 years, it's a lifetime. Enjoy your college experience and kick some ass on the field next year. Can't wait to see you  in the S&G. Go Bucks!

ISURVIVEDCOOPER's picture

Meech - your openness on the recruiting, and your excellent writing is a testament to who you are.  We look forward to seeing you continue realizing your dreams at tOSU.  It's apparent that you could create your own major - 'Relationship Management' with the way you have presented yourself transparently and eloquently here on 11W.  Looking forward to seeing you accomplish big things over your next several years in Buckeye land.

"I don't apologize for anything.  When I make a mistake, I take the blame and go on from there." - Woody Hayes

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Shayla39's picture

We as fans of TOSU are so fortunate to have a person of your caliber coming the university we love.

You are very impressive as young man and have been brought well and that is a credit to your parents.  God bless them.

There is nothing like Buckeye nation and we cannot wait to see you here and competing.

Good luck, prepare to work hard and happy you are a Buckeye!  We are everywhere.

 

hcazualcc's picture

i've enjoyed getting to know meech.  seems like a great kid, glad he's suiting up for the buckeyes very soon.

TBDBITL0509's picture

This kind of content is why I'd never bat an eye at paying for 11W. 

Meech, this is a pretty amazing story. I'm happy that you and Daniel both found a happy ending. "How firm thy friendship..." indeed.

Wesleyburgess1's picture

All I can say is wow!! Loved this article and the REAL inside info. Cant wait till Meechy shows up on campus. I liked the part about how Urban said "Your my left gaurd". He knows what he wants and how and who to get to accomplish the goal. Go Bucks

cplunk's picture

Happy to see Meechy at OSU. Looking forward to years of pancakes. Meechy cakes. 

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Seattle Linga's picture

D - Thanks for writing this article - you may be young in age but mature all the way around. Thanks for being true to your word and welcome to the REAL UNIVERSITY. I love your drive, passion and goals for the immediate future. So happy your writing and wearing the S & G.

Montana silver bullet's picture

Very first comment after years of reading inspired by this eloquent young man! Impressive communication skills and much more mature than I at his age. Good luck and welcome aboard.  Many Meechy Cakes!

Montana Silver Bullet

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m5987usus's picture

Meech so pumped that your a buckeye man, they call him big MEECH?! Demetrius Hoover! lol go Bucks!

O-H!

CowCat's picture

What a read. Great insight into the recruiting process.

It's also confirmation that we have The Best Damn Coach In The Land.

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

MN Buckeye's picture

Thanks for sharing, Meech! On signing day, I was waiting for you to pull something, considering how you told Coach Meyer that you were coming to OSU upon first committing. I thought, here is a guy who accepted the offer exactly how I accepted my current job, I like him already!

As I was reading through your article, I kept thinking how I doubt I would have had your patience to put up with persistent reporters during the recruiting process; I would have snapped long before. Although you have more first-hand knowledge, I think Birm is the finest recruiting analyst anywhere, and the entire 11W staff is the best by far.

Finally, I am proud of our coaches for letting you know how important you are to this team and this school, for working behind the scenes to help your good friend, and for talking straight and telling you and the other recruits what you need to hear rather than what they might want to hear. There is way too much bs in this world, so it is rare when relationships are based on truth and care rather than just how it benefits one person.

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tennbuckeye19's picture

Nice to have you back on 11W Mr. Knox. Thanks for sharing your story with us. I have no doubt in my mind that whatever you want to accomplish in life or on the football field, you can do it. Can't wait to see you suiting up for the S&G. Go Bucks!

teddyballgame's picture

Thanks for the inside look at your recruitment, Demetrius. 

Props to the OSU staff as well for helping Daniel Gresham find a school.

GoBucksToledo's picture

You'll be ready Meechy and we'll be ready to stand behind you the whole way.

Frank The Tank's picture

Good job on the article Meech. A lot of fans are selfish when it comes to recruiting and fail to consider what you guys are going through and forget that the decision has nothing to do with them. Hopefully this behind the scenes look will help put things in perspective for some of them.

Bags5150's picture

Fantastic article Meech!  So happy that you're a Buckeye.  Enjoy your time at tOSU. Yes, you need that maturity to take on the task you're about to embark on, but don't forget to be a kid too!  Have fun!  Enjoy your college experience!

Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth~Mike Tyson

bigbadbuck's picture

Thanks for the interesting read and being able to hear your tale Meechy! Thank you for committing to the school we all love and thank you for being the upstanding classy individual you are!  We can't wait to read future articles and to see you knock some defensive linemen on their collective arses!   Preparation Indeed!

Battles are sometimes won by generals; wars are nearly always won by sergeants and privates. Football is no different, the guys down in the trenches win the games, not the coach.            

45buckshot's picture

Thanks big Meech. You pretty much just summed up why every REAL fan loves tOhio State. Family, love, taking care of people, purpose, getting the job done. 

Best of luck; looking forward to seeing you play on Saturdays. 

Sincerely,
Eric

Veni, vidi, vici

UM3

kareemabduljacobb's picture

Meechy, you're a good dude!  Can't wait to see you excel on and off the field at tOSU and remember, tOSU nation has got your back now... You're in good hands Big Guy!  Work hard, do the right things and the sky's the limit... O-H

And since preparation is the motivation, here's a few quotes for ya:

"The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today."

- Elbert Hubbard

"Before anything else, preparation  is the key to success."
- Alexander Graham Bell

"By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail"

- Benjamin Franklin
 

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BUCKSOMIES's picture

Welcome home Meech.  Welcome home.  I'm guessing Daniel has gained a few million fans as well.

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Nice!!!

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outdated's picture

This young man has just given a very good indication that he will be successful at whatever his goals in life may be.

Jugdish's picture

Very well written Meechy. We all are proud that you chose the Buckeyes.

Remember to get your wolverine spade or neutered. TBDBITL

nm_buck's picture

Thank you for the insights Mr Knox.  It's easy for fans on a message board to forget that these athletes are young.... and they are making decisions that will affect them for the rest of their lives.  Being a student athlete is never easy... many fans take it for granted.  They don't realize the unbelievable amount of dedication it takes to handle both school and athletics at any level, let alone a competitive D1 program. My son was an athlete at TCU and I was amazed at how little time he had between the training, games, traveling, classes, and schoolwork. It's brutal.. and it takes a MAN to handle it all.  He grew up fast.  And it looks like you're well on your way.

Wishing you the very best Demetrius, good luck this season and a heartfelt welcome to Buckeye Nation!

bbb's picture

So you're saying a woman can't do it?

InvertMyVeer's picture

I wish I had the maturity Knox has when I was his age. Thank you so much for taking the time to post this, Meechy! Best of luck to you and your teammates this year in the classroom, in the community, and most especially in 292 days against TTUN! We'll all be pulling for you!

Football is complicated...

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Buckeyeneer's picture

Thanks for the insight, Knox. . . and welcome back! Great read.

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BTBuckeye's picture

Welcome to Buckeye Nation big guy!

Great article.

hspbuy1's picture

Excellent article big guy.

hspbuy1

PittBuckeye's picture

Good piece, appreciate the insight, and welcome home.

throttlefinger's picture

Great share, Meech! Welcome aboard and enjoy the ride. OSU gave me some of my best years. Learn, live and enjoy!

Liening's picture

Demetrius -- I am impressed, that is a great piece of writing.  Better than I see from many of the college graduate engineers I work with!  Nicely done.  I look forward to watching you play!

GLiening

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Barnsey69's picture

Man this is awesome! I love this type of perspective, and it is far to rare. Too often young men like yourself are poked and prodded for information (as you mentioned in your post) to the point where frustration just takes over and forces emotion. Large programs like OSU all have rabid fan bases that starve for information and contact, but too often many leave their etiquette at the door. So two hats off here, one for Demetrius for sharing his personal experience, and the other for 11W for providing a venue that is not seeking anything in return other than an honest, and may I say, well written contribution.

Welcome home young man, and I can't wait to start counting the pancakes!

Go Bucks!

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Squirrel Master's picture

Its a shame that Strong lied to so many kids. I thought he was not like that but I guess things happen. He did lie but I think what Petrino did to Daniel was so much worse. He didnt even give Daniel a chance and cut him loose. Petrino is a dick!

I hope Daniel has a monsterous career at SMU and you guys meet in the NFL! Glad you saw such great things in the OSU coaching staff and I really think they believe 100% in you!

Go Buckeyes! Go Knox!

 

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

tracyre's picture

Well done Demetrius.  Insightful column you wrote...kudos for being honest with yourself at all phases.  Glad you made the choice that's right for you!  Sounds like you're deep in preparation! 

Angry Panda's picture

Such a great article, and an honest look into a world that a lot never get to see....Thank You. I Look forward to seeing ya play and following you progress.

Go Bucks!

southernstatesbuckeye's picture

Meech will be a part of a true emerging dynasty at Ohio State.  I'm sure I'm not the only one who senses that something very, very special is beginning to happen to this football program.

BAR43's picture

I must say that I have followed other recruits more and was more excited to see other guys. However, after this article I think I found my favorite in the class and believe he is going to be a great leader on this team. Each class needs a standout guy or two, and it has nothing to do with flash and ability, just having the X factor of mentality and leadership quality. Think Meech might be the next jersey Meyer hangs in his office once all said and done. But hes got a great opportunity and career ahead, can't wait to see him progress and be part of the team!

MassiveAttack's picture

Thank you for taking the time to write your story, Meechy!  Best of luck in the rest of your career.

NitroBuck's picture

Thanks for the insider's view of the recruiting process.  As impressive as this recruiting class is with respect to football talent, I am even more impressed with the high personal character of this group.  Tall timber indeed.  Welcome aboard Meechy.

Ferio, tego

hodge's picture

I'm just saying, that signing day prank would've been awesome.

 

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Mix's picture

Great read. Awesome job, thank you, Demetrius.

-Mix

fosterohio's picture

Great read... Thanks for sharing...

Go bucks!

Flashraf's picture

Great article!  Awesome to get a recruit and now commitment's insight on the process.  Best of luck and welcome to tOSU!!

buckeyeradar's picture

Great to have this young man.  Just got back from a cruise so I'm late.  I've been watching this young man from Allen, Texas and telling everybody in Ohio what a outstanding lineman he'll be, now y'all know what I'm talking about.  What coach Meyer knows is that you already work hard and will be a good leader, now he wants you to share that same work ethic with your new family.  Now y'all go make me proud.  Preparation!

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