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It’s in out-of-state recruiting where things could change for Ohio State. Wallace believes Fickell and his staff will target only non-Ohio players whom they feel already like the school because of pre-existing ties through a family member or friend. Wallace said Ohio State can combat any backlash caused by the scandal by being more selective.

In fact, Wallace feels Ohio State could emerge on the other side with few recruiting scars. It may take the NCAA several months to reveal its findings, time the Buckeyes can use to their advantage.

“At this stage, it’s still Ohio State, a highly formidable recruiting power,” Wallace said. “They will still be able to load up with players.”

So far, that’s the case.

As he prepared to play in this week’s Big 33 Football Classic, an annual all-star game pitting Ohio’s top high school players against Pennsylvania’s elite, linebacker Ejuan Price from Woodland Hills (Pa.) High School said nothing has shaken his commitment to go to Ohio State.

“I know what kind of people they are,” Price said. “Everybody makes mistakes. They’re still good people.”


AP Sports Writers Genaro Armas in State College, Pa., Andrew Seligman in Chicago and Rusty Miller in Columbus, Ohio, contributed to this report.