May 30, 2011

Perry still holding firm

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When Olentangy high school linebacker Josh Perry became the first commitment in Ohio State's 2012 class, he didn't anticipate that there would be head coaching change before he even set foot on campus. So what impact does Monday morning's news of the resignation of Jim Tressel have on Perry? caught up with the Rivals250 member on Monday afternoon to get his reaction.

"They did what they had to do, coach Tressel is a stand up guy," said Perry. "Overall it was the right thing to do, I respect coach Tressel and I respect the program."

Perry says he remains firm with his verbal commitment to Ohio State.

"This doesn't change my status (as a verbal commitment)," Perry said. "This is where I've always wanted to go and other than something crazy happening (with the NCAA) this is where I want to go. This isn't going to make or break where I go just because coach Tressel isn't there, even though he's a great guy."

The NCAA is expected to dish out its punishment on August 12, a day that many Ohio State fans and commits will be waiting for, but Perry says he isn't too worried about the ruling.

"I'm really not too concerned about it," he said. "I feel like the NCAA is going to be reasonable with the punishment. I think the punishment was trying to deal with coach Tressel for lack of better terminology which I don't totally agree with (the decision to resign) but I think that was going to be most of the (additional punishment)."

In the mean time, Perry will focus his efforts on keeping the class intact and helping to pull in some of the undecided prospects on Ohio State's radar.

"I definitely feel little more obligation (to help with recruiting) now," Perry said. "Even though I don't think this should change anything for those guys. (Ohio State) is going to get the absolute best coaches they possibly can."


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