Pickerington (Ohio) Central quarterback Chazz Anderson found out about the news at Cincinnati. The 6-foot-1, 197-pounder is taking a wait and see approach until after the season.
"I want to stay to my commitment, but my commitment was based on coach Dantonio being there," he said. "A lot of recruits including myself based the scholarship on where he was taking the program and how good of a guy and coach he was. Now I have no clue what's going to happen next. Right now I'm focused on winning a state championship and then I'll go from there.
"Coach Dantonio is a great guy and he made a decision that was best for him. I want to congratulate him on doing something he loves and getting the job."
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Anderson still firmly believes in the Bearcats.
"I believe in honoring a commitment, but again as I said I have to wait and see what happens," he said. "A lot of schools have already come on strong from the MAC along with South Florida. I'm going to look at the best fit for me and the best chance I'll have to get a good education and have the opportunity to play."
This Friday the two-star prospect will play in the state championship game.
"It's a big event for me," he said. "My team and coaches have done a really good job and hopefully we can come together and pull this one out.
"Up to this point in the season, I have 2,000 yards passing, 15 touchdowns and five interceptions. I also have eight touchdowns rushing."