Ohio State 2011 Recruiting Timeline
By Brandon Castel
Recruiting never sleeps.
Even when the players themselves are sleeping, coaches are planning how to get them to come to their respective schools.
It can be a long process. From first contact to National Signing Day can take months, if not years. That process unofficially comes to a close Wednesday when players from the 2011 class sign their National Letters of Intent.
The process starts back up again the following for the next class, but we take a look back Ohio State’s 2011 recruiting timeline, from the first verbal to National Signing Day.
Aug. 31, 2009 — Toledo Whitmer DE Kenny Hayes receives his official Ohio State offer and becomes the first member of the 2011 class by verbally committing on the spot.
Sept. 12, 2009 — A number of 2011 prospects visit Columbus for Ohio State’s marquee matchup with then No. 3-ranked USC at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes lost the game 18-15, but would see major benefits down the road.
Oct. 29, 2009 — Canton McKinley DE Steve Miller becomes the first of those visitors to commit to the Buckeyes. One of the top players in the state of Ohio, Miller became the second player in the 2011 class.
March 15, 2010 — The Buckeyes land commitments from a pair of offensive linemen out of Cleveland, when Chris Carter (John F. Kennedy) and Antonio Underwood (Shaker Heights) both pledge their commitments to Ohio State on the same day.
March 16, 2010 — Palatine (Ill.) Fremd center Brian Bobekcommits to OSU offensive line coach Jim Bollman one day after hearing about the commitments of Carter and Underwood on his way home from visits to Michigan and Michigan State. Bobek is joined in his verbal commitment by Toledo Rogers DB DerJuan Gambrell and Elyria DL Chase Farris, bringing Ohio State’s 2011 class up to seven members.
April 3, 2010 — Akron Firestone guard Tommy Brown becomes the fourth lineman in the class when he commits to Ohio State on Easter weekend over offers from Michigan State and West Virginia.
April 18, 2010 — Plantation (Fla.) DB Jeremy Cash becomes the second out-of-state commitment for Tressel in the class of 2011 when he verbals to the Buckeyes less than a week before attending Ohio State’s Spring Game in Columbus.
April 24, 2010 — The Buckeyes host a surplus of recruits at the annual Scarlet and Gray Spring Game in Ohio Stadium. Backup quarterback Kenny Guiton leads the Gray squad to victory with a last-minute touchdown pass to Taurian Washington.
April 26, 2010 — Naples (Fla.) Barron Collier TE Jeff Heuerman commits to the Buckeyes after picking up an offer during his visit to Columbus. Heuerman saw first-hand how they used Jake Stoneburner in the spring game and pulled the trigger as soon as he got home.
April 27, 2010 — Old City (Pa.) Senior TE Ben Koyack commits to Notre Dame over Ohio State, Pitt and Virginia Tech.
May 16, 2010 — Ohio State lands commitment No. 11 for the class of 2011 when Centerville DT Michael Bennett commits to the Buckeyes over Northwestern.
June 3, 2010 —With Ohio State committing to him as the lone quarterback in the class of 2011, Huber Heights Wayne QB Braxton Miller commits, unveiling his freshly inked “Block O” tattoo on his left shoulder. The top-rated QB in the country announces he will be enrolling at Ohio State in January after graduating early.
June 5, 2010 — Two days after landing their quarterback, the Buckeyes get a commitment from Vernon Hills (Ill.) WR Evan Spencer. The son of former OSU running back Tim Spencer was born in Columbus and decided to follow in the footsteps of his father, who was the running backs coach for the Chicago Bears.
June 6, 2010 — Greenwood (Ind.) Center Grove DT Joe Hale became the third commitment for Ohio State in less than a week when he publically announced his decision to play for the Buckeyes. Hale chose OSU over offers from Indiana, Michigan State, Florida, Penn State and Wisconsin, becoming the 14th member of the class and the fifth defensive lineman.
June 17, 2010 — Washington Massillon WR Devin Smith commits following an advanced camp at Ohio State. Smith was the 10th in-state commit for Tressel and his staff, committing to the Buckeyes largely because of the addition of QB Braxton Miller.
June 30, 2010 — The rash of June commitments continues for the Buckeyes as they land TE Nick Vannett out of Westerville Central. Vannett had narrowed his list to OSU, Wisconsin, Virginia Tech and Tennessee before committing to the Buckeyes, largely because of the friendship developed with Heuerman and other OSU commits during the spring game weekend.
July 2, 2010 — Columbus Eastmoor DB Ron Tanner dreamt of playing at Ohio Stadium as a kid. That dream became a reality when Tanner committed to the Buckeyes early in July over offers from Iowa, Michigan State, Pitt, Stanford and West Virginia.
July 30, 2010 — Ohio State misses on the state’s top-rated LB for the second-straight year when Springfield’s Trey DePriest commits to Alabama.
Sept. 10, 2010 — The Buckeyes host a number of prospects from the 2011 class for their marquee non-conference matchup with Miami (Fla.). Among them are commit Jeremy Cash and linebacker Connor Crowell, both making their official visits to Ohio State.
Nov. 5, 2010 — Waldorf (Md.) North Point LB Conner Crowell becomes the first player to commit to Ohio State since the summer, and the first linebacker in the class of 2011. He surprised many by selecting the Buckeyes over Penn State prior to his Friday night game.
Dec. 4, 2010 — Jim Tressel takes in Ohio’s Division I state championship game between 2011 commit Braxton Miller and 2012 commit Kyle Kalis. Miller puts on a show, but Wayne falls to St. Edward on a last-minute touchdown.
Dec. 9, 2010 — Florida coach Urban Meyer announces his resignation, effective following the Gators matchup with Penn State in the Outback Bowl on New Years Day. Schools begin to contact a number of Florida commits, including LB Ryan Shazier and WR Ja’Juan Story.
Dec. 10, 2010 — Following the season, Tressel and his staff host a number of official visits on a huge recruiting weekend in Columbus. Among those in attendance were Glenville OL Aundrey Walker along with OSU commits Braxton Miller, Bennett, Bobek, Brown, Farris, Gambrell, Hale, Heuerman, Smith, Spencer, Tanner, Underwood and Vannett.
Dec. 15 2010 — Following his visit to LSU, the Buckeyes get a mid-week visit from Florida commit Ryan Shazier, who his wavering on his decision following the hiring of Will Muschamp in Gainesville, and his father.
Dec. 17, 2010 — The Buckeyes host another big recruiting weekend in Columbus. Among those in attendance are DB Doran Grant, LB Ejuan Price, LB Curtis Grant, DB Darius Jennings and long-snapper Bryce Haynes. That same day, Ohio State lands a commitment from 4-star LB Ryan Shazier, a high school teammate of Jeremy Cash at Plantation (Fla.).
Jan. 3, 2011 — Ohio State begins classes for its winter quarter with five members of the 2011 class already enrolled: Braxton Miller, Jeremy Cash, Joe Hale, Jeff Heuerman and Ryan Shazier.
Jan. 5, 2011 — Shazier joins Braxton Miller and fellow OSU commit Steve Miller in the 2011 Under Armour All-American game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. The game is televised nationally by ESPN, and the Buckeyes receive an in-game commitment from Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary DB Doran Grant.
Jan. 14, 2011 — Cleveland Glenville OL Aundrey Walker takes his official visit to USC and calls it his “dream school.”
Jan. 17, 2011 — Pittsburgh (Pa.) Woodland Hills LB Ejuan Price becomes commitment No. 21 for Ohio State following an in-home visit from both Jim Tressel and OSU linebackers coach Luke Fickell. Price picks OSU over finalists Iowa and Rutgers, but immediately attends a Pitt basketball game with new Head Coach Todd Graham.
Jan. 21, 2011 — Florida commit Ja’Juan Story takes an official visit to Ohio State one week after his official visit to Gainesville.
Jan. 22, 2011 — A number of OSU commits and targets participate in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Tex. Among them is defensive tackle Michael Bennett, who suffered a broken forearm during the game. Meanwhile, Florida State receives a commitment from the nation’s No. 1 TE, Nick O’Leary, who is the grandson of Ohio State alum Jack Nicklaus.
Jan. 27, 2011 > — Cleveland Glenville QB Cardale Jones receives a much-awaited offer from Ohio State following his weekend visit to Columbus. Jones narrows his list to OSU and Toledo.
Jan. 28, 2011 — The Buckeyes land a commitment from Bryce Haynes , the top-rated long-snapper in the country. The Cumming (Ga.) Pine Crest prospect becomes the 22nd commitment for OSU after choosing them over offers from Notre Dame, Harvard and North Carolina.
Feb. 2, 2011 — National Signing Day 2011.
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