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|The NCAA penalties will have a minimal effect on Urban Meyer's ability to recruit for the 2013 class.|
"Noah's still committed and coach Urban Meyer is like family to us," said Greg Spence, Noah's father. "Noah told me he's not committed to Ohio State for four years but committed to them for life. He feels great about his decision. I don't think anyone thought a bowl game would be taken away but always knew it was a possibility. It could have been worse. At this point I spoke with my son and he stands by his commitment."
Though Ohio State is clearly disappointed with the bowl ban, it is only one year and won’t hold its recruiting efforts back much. Meyer's first full class will be next year's 2013 class, and by then, the Buckeyes will have already served their bowl ban. Meyer will able to recruit freely without recruits asking questions about penalties.
The biggest blow to Ohio State's recruiting efforts is the loss of nine scholarships over Meyer's first three full recruiting classes. The Buckeyes will have to sit at 82 scholarships instead of 85, and those are tough losses as Meyer attempts to bring in players who fit his offensive and defensive philosophies and schemes. And with the Big Ten's strict rules on oversigning, there is little wiggle room to work around those reductions.