I try not to get too wrapped up in the hype of signing day. There’s something about the entire process that just can’t be good for a 17 year-old kid. Yet as a college football blogger, I feel some sense of obligation to jump on the band wagon and spend my day in anticipation waiting for the one undecided who might forever change the face of Ohio State football.
As usual, Coach Tressel and his recruiting staff have managed to keep the surprises to a minimum. Tressel’s class is already being touted as one of the top classes by both ESPN.com and Scout.com. Probably the biggest surprise was the recent announcement of an offer to Glenville quarterback Cardale Jones. Reports state that Jones was waiting on Ohio State and should announce his decision fairly early this morning. Toledo was also in the running.
This was an interesting move as the Buckeyes already have Braxton Miller lined up for the QB spot. Jones didn’t see this as a problem and compared himself to Troy Smith, also a Glenville quarterback, who was picked up after top ranked recruit Justin Zwick.
Continuing the Glenville pipeline, offensive lineman Aundrey Walker. Although by the time this is posted, Walker’s decision may be out as the Twitterverse is spreading rumours that Walker will announce USC. Don’t put a lot of faith in Twitter but the message getting retweeted at the moment is that the news is coming from a text from Glenville assistant coach Tony Overton.
Walker had narrowed it down to Ohio State and USC. Not going to get too excited about USC grabbing one of our potential recruits. We all know how that worked out last year.
Probably the most exciting in the bunch is linebacker Curtis Grant.Grant is still bouncing between Ohio State, Florida, North Carolina and Virginia but Rival’s Mike Ferrell says Grant is a lock for Ohio State.. Rivals ranks Grant as the #2 pick in the country and it sounds like he’s a real threat on the field. Always good to see the Buckeyes continuing their strong defensive traditions. Grant is expected to announce at 1:30 this afternoon.
Darius Jennings was supposed to announce in an ESPN festival of recruiting later this evening but it looks like he’s moved his decision up to 9:30 this morning. Jennings is looking at Ohio State and Virginia.
So that gives us a starting point. Of course, as I write this I find myself fully boarding the bandwagon I said I try to avoid. As I write, I’m being distracted by the reports on Twitter and trying to resist the temptation to switch on ESPN. Also see that the news is changing quick enough that this post may be outdated before I hit the publish button.
I’ll try my best to keep from updating throughout the day but something tells me I’ll fail miserably.
Worst part of signing day? Urban Meyer’s ESPN debut. I’m afraid he’s there to stay folks. It’s enough to make a guy jump right back off that bandwagon.
Update #2Looks like Darius Jennings is heading to Virginia. Jennings is a Baltimore product and it looks like he’s decided to stay close to home.
Update: Cardale Jones Jones has announced that he’s coming to Ohio State. According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Jones will gray shirt for one year and attend junior college. This delays the start of the five year NCAA limit. Sounds like he’s got post Braxton Miller plans for his senior season.
Update: Curtis Grant is a Buckeye!
This is a big one folks. Rivals ranks Grant as the No. 2 pick in the country. Buckeyes are putting together a series defense. Grant is ready for the next step and chances are, we’ll see plenty of him next season.
Update: Chris Carter probably won’t be a Buckeye
Not really the way to start your college football career (or lack thereof): http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/2011/02/ohio_state_recruit_chris_kenne.html