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Brenton Cox de-comitted from Ohio State on Wednesday night.

Ohio State football: Buckeyes lose commitment from 5-star DE Brenton Cox; 7 Buckeyes make AP All-Big Ten first team

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Recruiting class takes a hit

Ohio State’s 2018 recruiting class suffered a big loss on Wednesday night as 5-star defensive end Brenton Cox de-committed from the Buckeyes. To make matters worse, Cox de-comitted after a visit to Alabama. The Crimson Tide, of course, edged the Buckeyes for the final spot in the College Football Playoff on Sunday.

Cox (6-foot-4 1/2, 247 pounds) is considered the 22nd-best player in the 2018 class per 247Sports. Ohio State’s 2018 recruiting group still ranks first in the country.

It hasn’t been all bad news for the Buckeyes this week, at least. They added 4-star cornerback Tyreke Johnson on Tuesday.

All Big-Ten has a lot of Buckeyes

The Associated Press released its first- and second-team All-Big Ten selections on Wednesday. It almost read like an Ohio State depth chart. The Buckeyes had seven players — tackle Jamarco Jones, guard Michael Jordan, center Billy Price, quarterback J.T. Barrett, defensive ends Nick Bosa and Tyquan Lewis and defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones — make the AP’s All-Big Ten first team.

Running back J.K. Dobbins and cornerback Denzel Ward were second-team picks. The full teams can be found here.

Taking the high road

Price, one of those All-Big Ten selections, spoke with reporters on Wednesday night ahead of the Thursday College Football Awards Show in Atlanta. He was asked about the Buckeyes missing out on the College Football Playoff, and the senior captain did not answer with any spite.

“It’s out of my control,” Price said. “I know that’s the political answer, but it really generally is. Make sure you take care of your opponents. We had the hiccup against Oklahoma, had an emotional game against Penn State, walked into Iowa and slipped up. Every single one of those moments goes into your resume that you present to the committee. We should have taken care of business. But we’re Big Ten champions and I say that with pride. You don’t take that for granted.”

Price is up for the Rimington Award, given to the nation’s top center, on Thursday night.

A Bad(ger) bet

Russell Wilson spent his final college season leading Wisconsin to a Big Ten championship in 2011. The Super Bowl-winning quarterback banked on the Badgers winning another one in 2017. Wilson was so confident that Wisconsin would win the 2017 Big Ten title over Ohio State that he made a bet with a Seattle Seahawks ball boy who happened to be a Buckeyes fan.

Ohio State beat the Badgers 27-21 on Saturday night. Wilson held up his end of the bet Wednesday, posting a video of himself wearing a scarlet and gray No. 10 Troy Smith jersey.

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