Bill Greene is without a doubt the best in the recruiting business. The Live Chat will start at 1 p.m.
Good news for a Thursday… Tonight, the University announced that Cleveland Kennedy student and Senate League MVP Chris Carter had signed his letter of intent to be a part of the Ohio State class of 2011.
Carter had been expected to sign on NLOID, but an investigation into alleged misconduct kept him from doing so. In the subsequent days and weeks, he was cleared of wrongdoing by the CPD, and this announcement seems to indicate that the University has also found no concerns for his being a part of the Buckeye family.
Coach Jim Tressel was finally allowed to talk about the young man (NCAA regulations prohibit coaches from discussing student athletes who are not a part of the team), and said,
We are excited Chris will be a Buckeye.. He has had a great support system at home, as well as at his high school with the likes of his principal Maryum Sims, his athletic director Velma Pettiegrew, and his coach Scott Wodtly. They truly believe that Chris will have great success on and off the field at Ohio State.
Welcome home, Mr. Carter!
Before we move on to the class of 2012 or go back to making well aimed fun at “Leaders” and “Legends”, Kevin has a visual reminder of the yesterday’s epic signing day. Just think of it as a Second Second Christmas present.
First glance at NLOID; both in Columbus and elsewheres.
I got four good guys with me helping me stay warm. Wait. Not like that…
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Good news, everybody! Curtis Grant is a Buckeye.
Recently named a Parade All-American, Grant is one of the top high school prospects in the entire nation. Clearly he is a great get on signing day… particularly after such a horrible finale to the 2010 recruiting class.
He chose Ohio State over Florida, North Carolina, and Virginia. Once considered Florida’s to lose, the re-resignation of Urban Meyer allowed Ohio State to jump back into Grant’s recruitment… which obviously turned out to be a successful one for the Buckeyes.
Listed at 6’3″ and 215 pounds, Grant has prototypical size and could end up at any of the three LB positions at Ohio State. Wherever he lands, Grant has the talent and potential to be an extremely good defender… possibly the next great LB for the Silver Bullets.
He can make an immediate impact on special teams in 2011, and if he keeps his head on straight and continues to work hard he will find his way on the field as a starter sooner rather than later.
Congratulations to Mr. Grant and his family on joining Buckeye Nation!
Highlights after the jump.
Update: Don’t miss out on Fox Sports Ohio’s Signing Day LiveBlog starting at Noon Eastern Time!
Welcome to “Second Christmas” for many college football fans, and a day that’s shaping up to be a great one for Ohio State’s family. Based on verbal commitments alone, the Buckeyes 2011 class has been ranked at #11 (Rivals), #7 (ESPN), and #4 (Scout) nationally.
Stay tuned to The Buckeye Battlecry for today’s news and notes as student athletes and future Buckeyes sign their National Letters of Intent. If you’ve got questions about the NLoI, check out either the program’s home page or the NCAA info sheet.
We’ll be updating this post as the faxes come in to Columbus, and will let you know as Ohio State gains new commitments from students who are still in process. Will we see another Kenny Guiton- type surprise?
For Ohio State fans, the questions that will be answered today include- “Will any of the current verbals flip their commitment?”, “Where will Glenville’s Aundrey Walker, Cardale Jones (Ohio State), and Andre Sturdivant end up?”, “Will the Buckeyes be able to keep Curtis Grant and JuJuan Story (no) away from the Gators?”
We’ll be joined later today by the team at Fox Sports Ohio for a livechat, and hope you’ll spend a little of your workday sharing your opinion with us as well.
Let’s get started!
These young men aren’t required to sign the LOI, since they have already enrolled. You may have seen them on campus over the past few weeks… I know the Florida guys are enjoying the snow.
Letters of Intent Received
You’ll find our current list of OSU signees below the break.
We will keep score….batting .300 gets you into Cooperstown, lets see how we do.
Curtis Grant – Buckeye
Aundrey Walker – Buckeye
Cardale Jones – Fork Union then Buckeye, but will probably pledge today with his teammate.
Ja’Juan Story – Florida, but not without a fight.
Darius Jennings – Sticking with Wake. Could he surprise us? Do we turn the heat up if we lose Story?
Drew Kaser – Punter from Walsh Jesuit, could we find some room for him late?
We will discuss Keith Wells and Duron Carter later, as they are not high school guys and don’t have to sign this week.