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National Signing Day: Ohio State Gears Up For Another Strong Class

The completion of the the Senior Bowl on Saturday is the official end of the 2010 College Football Season.  National Signing Day 2011 is the official beginning of the 2011 College Football Season.  That's right, the off-season lasts just 3 days.  This Wednesday, the best high school football players from across the country will sign their name to the dotted line, committing to a college football program and continuing their dream to some day end up in Mobile, AL in the Senior Bowl - or better - playing on Sunday's in the NFL.

For the Ohio State Buckeyes, it's another chance to stockpile talent on a team that has made beating Michigan and heading to BCS Bowl games an annual occurrence.  The 2011 Ohio State Buckeyes recruiting class is already showing signs of being special, a Top-5 to Top-10 class depending on where you look, the Buckeyes hope to solidify the group as the final days pass until Signing Day on February 2.

Currently, the Buckeyes have five players that have already signed their Letters of Intent, including a couple of 4-Star prospects:

QB Braxton Miller(6'2",185) from Huber Heights, OH

LB Ryan Shazier(6'3,205) from Plantation, FL

The Buckeyes also have seven verbal commitments from 4-Star prospects:

DT Michael Bennett(6'3",275) - Centerville, OH

OL Brian Bobek(6'2",278) - Palatine, IL

DE Chase Ferris(6'6",265) - Elyria, OH

DB Doran Grant(5'10",171) - Akron, OH

DE Kenny Hayes(6'5",240) - Toledo, OH

DE Steve Miller(6'4",230) - Canton, OH

TE Nick Vannett(6'6",230) - Westerville, OH

Ohio State still has hopes for a few other big names that SBNation's Holly Anderson talks about.  Many of them will wait until Wednesday to make their announcements live on ESPN during their all-day coverage.  

Jim Tressel has proven he can win and recruit.  The 2011 Recruiting Class for the Buckeyes looks to be another strong showing for Ohio State.

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.