In the movie Groundhog Day Bill Murray keeps waking up to face the exact same day over and over again in Punxsutawney, Pennslyvania. According to the calendar Groundhog Day came this Tuesday, February 2nd, but for Buckeye fans it sure seemed like Wednesday's National Signing Day was deja vu all over again. And, one wonders if it will result in six more years of bad offensive line play!
Three years ago, OSU fans waited with anticipation for the announcements of a number of big time players. But at the end of the day we struck out with the "Big Three," Ben Martin, Joseph Barksdale and Anthony Davis, along with other possibilities like Josh Brent and Devon Still. Three years before that (class of '03) the final day 0-fer included Shawn Crable, Turk McBride, and Michael Bush. When it comes to Signing Day it seems Ohio State can't reel in the big names, but comes in second over and over again. It's Recruiting Groundhog Day.
In our disappointment let's not forget about the 18 young men who did sign on the dotted line to don the scarlet and gray. Drew and I will share our comments on each very soon. We celebrate this fine group of players, even as we admit our disappointment at the ones Tressel and crew could not bring in.
I offer two bits of commentary before moving on:
1) JT simply will not ever prostitute himself to get recruits so this will happen over and over again.
2) The staff needs to cast a bigger net, especially with lineman, as solid players leave Ohio and succeed elsewhere.
With that said, I'm ready to fast forward and leave Signing Day behind!