May 30, 2011
Stanford shocked with Tressel departure
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While many of Ohio State's verbal commitments have re-affirmed their pledges this morning, the news may not be as good for the undecided prospects that the Buckeyes are pursuing. One of the top uncommitted prospects in Ohio is Cincinnati Taft wide receiver Dwayne Stanford. BuckeyeGrove.com caught up with Stanford to get his reaction to the news.
"I was shocked," said Stanford. "I really didn't think he would resign. I always thought he would be there. I thought the NCAA might take some scholarships away, maybe some bowl games, sort of like they did with USC, so this was a complete surprise."
Stanford had developed a strong relationship with Tressel during his recruitment.
"If I was going to go to Ohio State I was really looking forward to having coach Jim Tressel as my coach," he said. "I grew up in Ohio and all I knew about Ohio State was coach Tressel. It's going to be weird for me but if I want to go there it is just going to be something that I have to deal with."
Stanford says he will be following the situation at Ohio State closely and doesn't want to make any knee-jerk reactions to the news.
"The Ohio State program and tradition is bigger than any one coach," he said. "Coach Tressel was a big time coach though. I don't know, I just have mixed emotions right now. It feels kind of like a bad break-up."
Still, the initial reaction of Tressel's departure is weighing heavily on Stanford's mind.
"I haven't eliminated them or anything," he said. "Ohio State was definitely at the top of my list and now with coach Tressel not being there I don't want to say they have fallen or anything but now I'm not as sure as I've been in the past."
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