My 2005 Buckeye Recruiting Odyssey In Pictures

Some of the state's top seniors signed their names on national letters of intent all across the state of Ohio and all around the country today. Gary Housteau made his annual recruiting trek around Northeast Ohio today to meet up some of the players who officially became Ohio State Buckeyes today and he shares his story of the day in pictures.

My first stop of the day was at GlenOak High School where Brain Hartline would sign his letter of intent at 8 a.m. in front of a small gathering of family and friends in the school's football office.


On hand to celebrate the signing with their son were Brian's proud parents.



And Mike Hartline, who will be a top national recruit next season, was happy to be there to share in the event with his big brother.



Brian signed his letter shortly after 8 a.m. and then faxed it to the OSU coaching staff in Columbus.



GlenOak coach Jack Rose was proud to send Brian off to Ohio State and Brandon Long to Michigan State.



Needless to say it was a great start to a great day for Brian and the entire Hartline family.



At Glenville, Freddie Lenix (left) and Jamario O'Neal were at center stage as 12 Tarblooders signed a national letter of intent.



Freddie Lenix was living a long-awaited dream come true.



And Jamario O'Neal couldn't have been any happier or more proud for overcoming the personal adversity that he obviously has in his life to get to this point.



A packed room of family, friends and media turned out to celebrate all of the signings.



Ted Ginn Sr. was certainly proud to hand over two more of his top talents to Ohio State this year.



Lenix and O'Neal now increase the number of Tarblooders that have gone on to OSU over the past four years to seven.



One-year-old Freddie Lenix Jr. was there to celebrate with his dad.



And O'Neal's father was there to share in the special day with his son.



Brian Robiskie of Chagrin Falls High School was a late, albeit a tremendous addition to the OSU recruiting class. He picked Ohio State over Miami of Florida.



Robiskie happily signed one copy of his letter of intent while his coach Mark Iammarino looked on.



Brian's proud parents were on hand to celebrate with their son. Brian's dad Terry is the interim head coach of the Cleveland Browns right now.



And Brian's two younger brothers were on hand to support their big brother. Andrew (on the right) is a 6-1, 245 pound center and defensive tackle while Kyle is an 8th grade quarterback.



Although Robiskie said he couldn't have made a bad choice with Miami and Ohio State to choose from but he knew he made the choice that was the right one for him after visiting both schools.



Alex Boone (center) and his St. Edward teammates all signed their letters together.



Boone said that today was one of the best days of his life.



Head coach John Gibbons was on hand to celebrate with Boone and his other players who were signing their respective letters.



Boone's father and mother shared the special day with their son.



And Boone received his plaque for being named as a Parade All-American at the signing ceremony.



And Lawrence Wilson of St. Vincent-St. James was the last one today to sign his name on the dotted line for Ohio State.



After announcing his commitment on ESPN, Wilson went back to his school to sign his official letter and fax it in.



Wilson told those in attendance that his final decision to select Ohio State wasn't arrived at until late in the afternoon on Wednesday.



Wilson's family shared in his big day. Lawrence will now follow his brother to Ohio State.



Although he was torn between Ohio State and Notre Dame at the end, Wilson was happy and proud that he chose to stay close to home and play for the Buckeyes.

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