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National Signing Day 2011: Ohio State Buckeyes Nab Florida Verbal Commit Ja'Juan Story for Official Visit

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 04:  Head coach Jim Tressel of the Ohio State Buckeyes gathers his team before the Allstate Sugar Bowl against the Arkansas Razorbacks at the Louisiana Superdome on January 4, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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HD Handshoe - BlockONation.comAnalyst IJanuary 24, 2011

For years, there have been rumblings from the Ohio State Buckeye fanbase about Jim Tressel's "inability to close" down the stretch leading up to National Signing Day. Anyone suggesting that this year might just be completely out of their gourd.

Ohio State's highly-rated 2011 recruiting class is nearly full, with very few slots left.

One of those remaining scholarships could end up going to Brooksville, Florida wide receiver Ja'Juan Story, a (apparently soft) verbal commit to UF.

According to Laura McKeeman of Scout/FoxSports, "Story is still committed to Florida but says his final decision will be between the Gators and the Buckeyes."

She also noted via Twitter that Story referred to his weekend visit to Columbus as "amazing" so far.

Story, who is listed at 6'4", 192 pounds and runs a 4.5 40-yard dash, is a four-star prospect that is ranked as the No. 33 overall wide receiver in the nation by Scout.com.

With the five-game suspension of No. 1 Ohio State wide receiver DeVier Posey looming, the loss of Dane Sanzenbacher to graduation, and the overall youth and inexperience the Buckeyes have on the roster heading into 2011, Story could be the big story if he follows in the footsteps of linebacker Ryan Shazier and jumps ship from UF, preferring to head North to Columbus instead—stay tuned!

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