Running back Bri'onte Dunn, who is the second-highest ranked recruit in Ohio State's Class of 2012, says he's staying committed to the Buckeyes. For now.
ESPN Recruiting's Jeremy Crabtree caught up with Dunn on Tuesday during registration for The Opening, a Nike-sponsored recruiting fest in Oregon. Dunn, a Canton (Ohio) product who is rated as the nation's No. 13 running back, said he "was getting sick of the questions" about whether the commitment he gave Jim Tressel last September was still valid.
But he also acknowledged it was an understandable question, given that Tressel has resigned, Luke Fickell's future is uncertain and nobody knows what kind of NCAA sanctions the Buckeyes might face. Crabtree writes that schools are still heavily recruiting Dunn, who said that Michigan, Penn State and Miami are in on him the hardest.
"I'm 100 percent committed ... right now," he said. "I went to Ohio State's camp and spent some time with the coaches. They were excited to see what's going to happen in September. They said everything should be back on track by the time I get there. I think Coach Fickell is a good coach."
But will Fickell even be there by the time Dunn arrives?
"I think it's too early to tell whether or not he's the right coach for the job," Dunn said. "I just want a coach that can coach really well, has some good experience and a guy that can make a program great."
Losing Dunn would be another blow to the Buckeyes, who've lost a few recruiting battles as controversy has swirled in Columbus. But for now, he's still in the fold. As with most early commitments, you shouldn't feel too certain about anything.
"I'm just looking around, so you can't just assume it's going to be Michigan or Ohio State," he said. "We don't know what's going to happen in August or even later on. I'm just taking things day by day."