Shazier's Dad Sets Record Straight

Ryan Shazier was a prized high school recruit this time last year, and as a Florida commit, was all set to play for Urban Meyer and the Gators. Once Meyer suddenly resigned from Florida, Shazier opened up his recruitment and ended up at Ohio State. Now that Meyer has been named head coach of the Buckeyes, the Shazier family wanted to address the rumors of negative issues with Meyer.

Oh what a difference a year makes, both in life and in college football. Who could have possibly forecast Urban Meyer leaving Florida last year at this time, and ending up as the head coach at Ohio State today?

Certainly not Ohio State true freshman linebacker Ryan Shazier, a former Florida commit under Meyer. Once Florida lost Meyer, Shazier reopened his recruitment, and eventually signed with the Buckeyes. He was extremely impressive this season, earning a starting role.

Shazier's father, Vernon, wanted to address the rumors that has family has issues with Meyer, in regards to his son's subsequent de-commitment from Florida. His twitter page has been bombarded with questions regarding a supposed rift between the two parties, so he discussed the situation with

"First off, everyone in my family is so excited about Urban Meyer coming to Ohio State, especially Ryan," the elder Shazier stated. "The fact that they are keeping Luke Fickell makes it even better. Coach Meyer is a great man, as well as a great football coach, and I'm proud to have my son mentored and coached by him. I have tremendous respect for Urban Meyer, as a leader and as a coach."

"I'm thrilled how everything worked out, and it's all a big plus for us," he added. "Ryan is very happy to be coached by Meyer, and still have Fickell as his position coach. The rumors of us having a problem with Urban Meyer are not true at all. He made a decision he thought was best for his family, and we did what we thought was best for us. There are no hard feelings on either side, and we are so happy to see where this leads."

"This is a business on both sides," he continued. "We made the decision we thought was best for us, and we put what was best for our family first. Coach Meyer did what was best for his health and his family, and we totally respected that. There was never a thought of transferring whatsoever. None at all. Ryan is totally happy, and even more so, because he was worried about how they would treat Fickell."

As the parents look back on their son's first season at Ohio State, they are understandably proud of his showing, on and off the field.

"We are so proud of Ryan, and so happy he chose to go to Ohio State," Vernon Shazier said. "He is so happy there, and he loves everything about Ohio State, except the weather. We laugh about the winter weather, but it's better for me because I'm in Miami."

"My wife and I think that Ryan had a great season," he added. "We told him this morning that we are so proud of him, because of how he has handled himself off the field and on the field. He did whatever they asked him to do, and kept his mouth shut and did his job. Whether it was special teams, outside linebacker, or inside linebacker, I thought my son performed at a championship level. And he is only going to get better as he adds strength and learns the position even more. He's in a great spot, and we are all about being a Buckeye family."

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