More than 100 players who made early commitments last year opted to de-commit and attend other schools. And the number will be just as many or more this year. Already 30 have changed their minds.
Russell Ellington of Homewood-Flossmoor, a wide receiver/linebacker, committed to Iowa State a few months ago, then de-committed and recently committed to Iowa as a wide receiver.
It may be a good decision for Ellington because Iowa has no speed receiver on its roster. The Hawkeyes can't stretch a defense so Ellington could earn some early playing time.
But Iowa lost one of its top recruits in lineman Riley Reif of South Dakota. He switched from Iowa to Nebraska.
And Illinois' top running back, Jason Ford of Belleville Althoff, who originally committed t Iowa, now says he wants to look around. He admitted he might have committed too early.
The top player in Arizona, quarterback Gerrell Robinson, a 6-4, 210-pound senior from Chandler who had committed to Arizona, has reopened his recruiting and wants to be recruited as a wide receiver. Notre Dame offered him a scholarship two days ago.
This kind of thing opens the floodgates for more de-commitments in the future. And it makes a farce out of the college recruiting process. It might force the NCAA to consider an early signing period a la basketball.
Trevor Robinson, a 6-5, 300-pound offensive lineman from Elkhorn, Neb., de-committed from Nebraska and said he will choose Nebraska, Notre Dame or Michigan. He is one of the two best prospects in his state.
Notre Dame, still hoping to improve its talent level by adding quickness and strength in the defensive line, has scheduled a big recruiting weekend for the USC game. The two primary targets are 6-3, 200-pound wide receiver Mike Floyd of St. Paul, Minn., and Omar Hunter, a 6-2, 300-pound nose tackle from Buford, Ga.
Floyd, the player of the year in Minnesota as a junior, is the speed receiver that Notre Dame lacks. Notre Dame is thought to lead but Minnesota, Michigan and Ohio State also are in the mix. Hunter, who is the type of defensive lineman that the Irish desperately covet, already has committed to Notre Dame but USC still is recruiting him.