Top JUCO prospect D’haquille Williams (Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College) has decommitted 10 days after giving an oral commitment to Les Miles and LSU as first reported by Taylor Hamm of Gigem247 and later confirmed by TigerBait.
Breaking: D’Haquille Williams just text messaged me that he’s de-committed from LSU
— Taylor Hamm (@TaylorHamm247) May 21, 2013
This is not an uncommon occurrence in recruiting as players often commit to a school too soon after a whirlwind visit or immediately after they receive an offer from a “dream school.” But I’m not ruling LSU out from being able to secure his commitment later in the process. He is a native of Reserve, LA and was a prep star at East St. John that prompted his being named as a top-five recruit in the state.
Today’s news is sure to send ripples throughout the southeast and midlands where 12 of his 13 offers reside. The lone exception is USC, who is joined in the pursuit of Williams by the usual suspects after five-star prospects. Alabama, Auburn, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Florida State and Texas are among the schools with offers on the table for the 6-3, 190-pound wide receiver.
However, of those aforementioned schools only Auburn has had Williams on campus for a visit, and he’s visited twice in the last three months, including for the Tigers spring game. Auburn certainly could use a skill player the caliber of Williams for their anemic offense and a weapon for Gus Malzahn to integrate into his offense. Auburn has done well bringing in defensive recruits thus far under Malzahn, but the lack of skill players is concerning; Williams would alleviate that concern.
Ultimately I believe Williams chooses LSU or Auburn after he takes visits and develops relationships with the coaches recruiting him. He will take a much more deliberate approach to his recruitment, but I would anticipate his committing prior to the season’s start this fall.
My prediction is he’ll be a Tiger next year at LSU, but his decision bodes well for those other Tigers at Auburn who could sneak in with Dameyune Craig recruiting him and take him from their SEC west adversary.