Urban Meyer called it a great day. Not a good day but a great day.
Meyer put the wraps on recruiting season Wednesday. 24 high school seniors chose to be a part of "Meyer's Mission" as Vonn Bell put it.
Bell, wearing a belt and suspenders during his letter-of-intent press conference in Georgia also showed plenty of support for Meyer's pursuit of a national championship and brought the "man-on-a-mission" theme into play on signing day.
Bell's choice of the Buckeyes was one of the things that turned the great day into good day.
In this day of live player press conferences on ESPN and 24/7 web updates, landing a player like Vonn Bell is taken as something just short of a lunar landing to the recruiting geeks.
This is not new. Maurice Clarett arrived at Ohio State as an entitled athlete based solely on his high school exploits and potential.
Terrell Pryor committed to "The University of Ohio State" and spent the duration of his time at Ohio State as the star who could do no wrong....until he did do wrong and left.
Clarett and Pryor represent the good and bad of winning the 5-star recruit wars.
Clarett scored the game winning touchdown in the national championship game but mention his name now and most fans will have a negative reaction.
Pryor never lost to Michigan, beat Oregon in the Rose Bowl then turned around and sold the MVP trophy he won in that game as part of the Tattoo scandal that chased Jim Tressel out of town and landed Ohio State a post season band and a loss of scholarships.
Those may be the most extreme examples of recruiting victories turned sour but there are other examples that fans might want to consider before naming their next son "Vonn" or "Ezekial".
How many names do we need?
Curtis Grant. A Parade All American and member of the USA today All-USA defensive team after his senior year in high school, Grant was the recruit Ohio State fans were drooling over 2 years ago. After two seasons as a Buckeye, Grant has a total of 18 tackles.
Let's look at the recruiting class of 2009. The highest ranked signee that year was defensive back Corey (Pittsburgh) Brown. He played in 11 games for Ohio State last year and had 17 tackles. He has 26 tackles for his career and no interceptions.
Anyone remember Robert Rose, the number one ranked defensive end prospect out of Cleveland and one of the stars of the 2006 class?
There are countless examples of "can't miss" players who did in fact miss.
And nearly as many stories of guys like Troy Smith who came in under Justin Zwick's shadow, and A.J Hawk who got none of the hype fellow linebacker Mike D'Andrea did. Smith won the Heisman Trophy. Hawk was a two-time All-American, a number one draft pick and has played 7 seasons for the Green Bay Packers.
Fans who pay attention know these stories as well as the they know the fumbles to Heisman story of Eddie George. Yet, every February the gushing and gloating continues as one survey after another declares Ohio State's class to be top-10, top-5 or, as is the case this year, tops in the country.
By now the only guarantee is Urban Meyer has recruited 24 kids who have the physical tools to possibly excel in college but how they deal with the transition from high school to college should be field under "to be determined".
Kudos to Meyer and his staff on the great year. Now the real work begins.