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Misc General Signing Day Perspective

Discussion in 'Football Recruiting' started by OilerBuck, Feb 2, 2011.

  1. OilerBuck

    OilerBuck Sweet Crude

    Mods - If this was handled incorrectly, please merge (or delete) and accept my apology for the additional work.

    As a guy who is admittedly obsessed with the psychology of fandom, I LOVE recruiting. I like to project the superstars of tomorrow, and to have the Buckeyes effort graded and validated by national pundits. I also find it fascinating to watch the happiness of millions of people hang on the signature of a teenager, and to see the inevitable last second shocking decisions that throw people into a tailspin.

    I used to have an attitude of entitlement and would allow my day to be ruined by the misses, until I came to the following realizations:
    1. To the average fan, signing day is where we grab a commitment or two. To a team, signing day is the day where 20+ kids make the commitment that matters. Our expectations are so often distorted by past accomplishments. Why should Braxton Miller on February 2nd be any less exciting than Braxton Miller the previous summer? Don't miss the forest for the trees.
    2. Signing day is the culmination to a fan's offseason. To a player, the player's family, friends and coaches, it is a prize. Reward for working through primary school, two-a-days, camps, lifting, and practices. It is a celebration of realizing a dream. This is THEIR day. Let them enjoy it...reality hits with spring practice, just around the corner.
    3. Signing day is an event for fans. It is a life-altering decision for a young man. These kids are making one of the biggest decisions of their life, without the experience necessary to make big decisions. To compound the issue, they are on the speed-dial lists of some the craftiest salespeople in the country. If you are LUCKY, a recruit's decision will affect your life for a few hours, for a few Saturdays, during a 4 year period. It will affect the player for at least 4 years...possibly forever. Always root for them to make the right decision for them.
    4. We're Ohio State fans. Most coaches would commit a "deadly sin" for each day of the week, to pull our hauls in a down year.
    You can go (or stay) home and worry about the weather, the economy, your children, your job, global warming, or whatever it is that you worry about. Signing day shouldn't be about worry, anxiety, or disappointment. Signing Day is a celebration of new Buckeyes, not disappointment for what we missed. Under Tressel, we've been lucky enough to dominate in the recruiting department. Dominance is fragile...enjoy it while it lasts!
    Last edited: Feb 2, 2011
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  2. Taosman

    Taosman Flatten the Curve

    We got "difference makers" on offense and defense! That is huge!
  3. y0yoyoin

    y0yoyoin That is a serious injury for Willis McGahee

    one thing i like about this class is that it seems like everyone is pretty tight already...shazier, heurman, miller and cash are all rooming and shazier were teamates...Price is cousins with doran grant, and curtis grant is supposedly cousins with doran reminds me of pryors class with the block-O and how close alot of kids in that class were with each other before they got on excited for this class and our run at a title next year
  4. korchiki

    korchiki Junior

    Agree. The other thing that I would note is the emphasis on athleticism in this class. This should strongly benefit the special teams in the coming years.

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