The month of October has been kind to Missouri and head coach Frank Haith as both Torren Jones and Jonathan Williams III pledged their commitments.
In addition, 2013 stud point guard and Michigan native Wesley Clark is also on board after committing to the Tigers back in late August.
A fourth member of that recruiting class however, has de-committed from the school and it just so happened to be the longest tenured commit that Haith had under his belt. Travis Jorgenson, a 6-foot point guard who pledged to Mizzou back in September 2011, has announced his decision to re-open his recruitment.
An original native of Columbia, Mo., Jorgenson currently attends New Hampton Prep (NH), a talented school that features a number of high-levels prospects. During his time on the AAU circuit, Jorgenson ran with the KC Pump & Run.
“I just think that he wanted to open it back up because he wasn’t comfortable signing right away,” KC Pump & Run head coach L.J. Goolsby told Rivals.com. “It’s nothing against Missouri, he loves Missouri, he grew up there. He committed so early that he wanted to go through the process and be sure that he made the right decision.”
While having Clark on board for next season is still a big boost for Haith moving forward, Jorgenson could be weary of playing time. However, both Keion Bell and Michael Dixon Jr. are seniors this year, while junior All-American candidate and Preseason SEC Player of the Year Phil Pressey could have NBA Draft aspirations following the 2012-13 season.
This in turn leaves Haith searching for back court replacements and depth for next year. The loss of Jorgenson limits that potential, although the Tigers are still expected to be involved in his recruitment moving forward.
Paul Seaver is the College Basketball Network Manager at Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter: @TheArenaPulse