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“ It was surprising news at first. Ohio State is my dream school and I am scarlet and gray no matter what. I am a Buckeye through and through. Sure this happened while I am committed, but I am always going to be rock solid with Ohio State. ” -- Ohio State RB commit Warren BallOffensive linemen Kyle Kalis (Lakewood, Ohio/St. Edward) and Jacoby Boren (Pickerington, Ohio/Central), wide receiver Frank Epitropoulos (Upper Arlington, Ohio/Upper Arlington) and linebacker Josh Perry (Galena, Ohio/Olentangy) round out the seven-member class. But this does not just affect members of the Class of 2012. Players who signed with Ohio State just a few months ago in February were shocked when they learned they would not be playing for Tressel. "I was stunned but I guess it's something that had to be done," said cornerback Doran Grant. "He was just trying to protect his players. I always had a very good relationship with Coach Tressel. He wasn't like the guy that people portrayed him. It's like people outside that school had it out for Ohio State because they are always winning. It's still Ohio State and we will overcome this." Defensive end Steve Miller decided to sleep in and woke up to texts with the news. "I have to admit that I didn't see it coming and was very surprised," Miller said. "He's a cool guy and we have a good relationship. Coach Tressel always talked about me getting an education and helping me get to the next level. I still feel the same regarding Ohio State. The same coaches will be there but him. You have to do what you have to do and hopefully we will all be successful." But for all the shock, it's not like any of these current players are rethinking their decision. "The committee thought long and hard and was very thorough about the best decision for our university," LB Joshua Perry said. "Coach Tressel is a standup guy that made a mistake and in the end, probably did the right thing. The Buckeye nation will be OK. He owned up to his mistake and he did what he needed to do. We are going to miss him. I am 100 percent committed to Ohio State." Still, one area of concern is how the high school coaches in the area react. Cleveland Glenville coach Ted Ginn Sr. has has sent many players to Ohio State over the years, including quarterback Cardale Jones from this past season. He seemed pretty upset about Tressel's leaving the Buckeyes program. "I have nothing to say right now," Ginn said. But plenty more will undoubtedly be said in the coming days, weeks and months. Jamie Newberg has been covering recruiting in the Southeast and nationally for 19 years. He can be reached at email@example.com.