Top 10 Most Devastating Prep Football Recruiting Decommits Heading Into 2013
Top 10 Most Devastating Prep Football Recruiting Decommits Heading Into 2013
A lot of college fans want to know where the top high school football players are committing, but do fans know who decommitted? Here are the top 10 most devastating prep football recruiting decommits heading into 2013.
Committing to a college is like getting engaged without the ring. It doesn’t mean anything until unless both parties come to a 100% agreement. In most cases, these high school football players make verbal commitments and not abide by them. They’re still looking around even after they say they want to go somewhere.
Now that is not necessarily a bad thing. It’s always good to shop around before you commit, but it’s tough for fans when they find out they lose a top ranked athlete. Fans from USC, Clemson, Texas, Boston College, Cincinnati, Oklahoma, Tulsa, Texas A&M, Nebraska and Ohio State have been heart broken with the numerous decommits this year.
This article aims to let fans know whom they lost. Clemson and Notre Dame recently lost two of the biggest talents in the Class of 2013. If you don’t know who I’m talking about, I’ll give you a clue. One linebacker hails from Wyomissing, Pennsylvania and the other defensive end comes from Loganville, Georgia.
Maxpreps, ESPN, Twitter and Facebook provided the helpful information in ranking these players. It wasn’t easy to rank the most devastating, so I ranked the decommits by talent. Based on how the player was ranked among expert ranking sites and blogs, decided how devastating the lost was.
The rankings maybe tough to swallow, but agree to disagree with me. Rant your comments or tweet me @ericdomingo3.
#10 Demetrius Monday
Cincinnati lost a great player in Demetrius Monday. He was one of the Pebblebrook high school’s best players and vocal leaders on the field. The Falcons have had their struggles, not winning a game all season, but Monday’s talent definitely shouldn’t be overlooked. He is a very versatile player, but typically plays defensive back for Pebblebrook high. He is ranked among the top football athletes in the nation and in Georgia. He is very productive as a defensive back or wide receiver. At 5’9, 181 lbs he has the strength and speed to play both position effectively He reads offensive sets fairly well and has good hands when catching the football. Monday decommitted from Cincinnati because he never heard of new head coach Tommy Tuberville. He has other offers from top schools like Ball State, Central Michigan, Mississippi State, Ohio and Ole Miss. I believe he made a terrible decision in leaving Cincinnati and will regret it if he doesn’t change his mind about the Bearcats.
#9 David Coggins
David Coggins would have been great at Boston College. He was Sacred Heart high school’s best player and leader. With the Hearts, Coggins caught 139 passes for 2,256 yards and 17 touchdowns. He hasn’t played since his sophomore year because he broke his ankle last year in preseason, but he is one of the top receivers in his class when healthy. Coggins is very talented catching the football, either above or below him. He has a unique ability to adjust his body and make difficult catches in traffic and finish the play when he has the ball. Don’t let his 5’11, 179 lbs frame fool you, he is strong for his size and very quick. Coggin decommitted from Boston College because he wanted to explore other options. His only other offer besides Boston College is Central Connecticut State. Although he says he doesn’t rule out going back to Boston College, I believe he would be successful elsewhere. There definitely would be a spot in Illinois, if the Illini decide to offer him a scholarship.
#8 Quincy Adeboyejo
Texas A&M sure would of loved having Quincy Adeboyejo on their squad. He led Cedar Hill high school to an outstanding 11-5 overall record, ranking No. 7 in Texas and in the top 100 schools in the nation. He led the longhorns with his amazing ability at the wide receiver position. Adeboyejo is very lengthy at 6’2 and very fast. The Texas native gets off the ball with a lot of explosion and can get down the field fairly quickly for his size. It is believed that Adeboyejo decommitted from the Aggies because of their high number of wide receiver commitments. Texas A&M has at least six receivers from the class of 2013, including stars like Ricky Seals-Jones and Derrick Griffin. Although the star wide receiver won’t be an Aggie next year, he should consider looking at the University of Houston.
#7 Dalton Rodriguez
Oklahoma lost a great player in Dalton Rodriguez. He was an integral part of Union high school’s 10-3 overall record, ranking No. 3 in Oklahoma. The 6’6, 255 lbs offensive tackle has great strength and ability. He was a big part of the Redskins offense, with his ability to protect the quarterback and make holes for his running backs. Some believe he would be best suited as a defensive lineman, but I’m sure he’ll find his natural position when he gets to the next level. Rodriguez decommitted from Oklahoma so he could go to Tulsa. The talented lineman says he made the switch because it was best for him. I believe Rodriguez made a mistake in switching from Oklahoma to Tulsa. Oklahoma has a great football program that is one of the best teams in the Big 12. They have an amazing fan base and a seasoned head coach in Bob Stoops. Tulsa is a solid school, but Oklahoma would have given Rodriguez a better chance to succeed.
#6 Cameron Echols-Luper
Texas A&M would have been a great fit for Cameron Echols-Luper. He is a great leader and a special talent on the football field. Echols-Luper led Auburn high school to an 11-2 overall record, ranking No. 6 in Alabama. He led the Tigers with amazing athleticism and skill. At 5’11, 183 lbs he is a little under sized, but has great hands. He is great agility and covers a lot of ground. Echols-Luper main reason for decommitting from Texas A&M was due to the numerous wide receivers that already committed. I believe Echols-Luper made a great decision in decommitting from the Aggies. He has other top schools like TCU, Arkansas State, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Memphis, Ole Miss, North Carolina and Texas interested in him and he really should explore those schools. If the Alabama star wants to find success, he should definitely go to Texas. The Longhorns are one of the best teams in the Big 12 and have four national titles. They have an amazing fan base and a great coach in Mack Brown.
#5 Christian LaCouture
Nebraska was disappointed when Christian LaCouture had a change a heart about the huskies. He was a big part of Southwest high school’s team and the reason they were ranked among the top 100 football schools in Nebraska. His 6’5, 267 lbs frame allowed him to dominate the opposing line and get to the quarterback. The scary thing about this defensive lineman is he still has room to improve. Many feel that LaCouture needs to get a little bigger and a little strong. It was unclear why LaCouture decommitted from Nebraska. It seems that the huskies were already solid at the defensive tackle and LaCouture was probably going to be insurance. This wasn’t the first time he changed his mind about committing to a school. Before he decommitted from Nebraska, LaCouture also decommitted from Texas A&M. He committed to LSU in November, but who knows if he is going to have another change of heart.
#4 Lewis Neal
Lewis Neal would have been great at Ohio State. He is a special talent that led James B. Hunt high school to 13-1 record, ranking No. 17 in North Carolina. The star defensive end led James B. Hunt’s defense with maximum effort and skill. At 6’1, 230 lbs Neal can push lineman around and get to the quarterback with ease. He has great footwork and gets to the ball really quickly. Neal decommitted from the Buckeyes because he didn’t take the right amount of time to think about his decision. Fans doubted Neal’s commitment, especially after he was tweeting about other schools. He committed to LSU shortly after and I believe he fits better as a Tiger. LSU has 14 conference titles and they’re known for their outstanding defense. Neal is a perfect fit for head coach Les Miles system and will definitely have a lot of success as a Tiger
#3 Alex Anzalone
Notre Dame would have definitely loved to have Alex Anzalone as an outside linebacker. With Manti Te’o going to the pros Notre Dame could use another linebacker. Anzalone was a huge part of a defense that shut down every team. Wyomissing high school went undefeated (16-0) and ranked among the top 10 high school football schools in Pennsylvania. He was the anchor on defense and vocally led the Spartans. At 6’3, 231 lbs Anzalone was a natural born football player. He is tall, long and built to play the linebacker position. Anzalone has great speed and is vicious when he gets to the ball. He changed his minded about the Irish because of head coach Brian Kelly’s interview with the Eagles. He committed to Florida this month and I think he will be happy as a gator.
#2 Kylie Fitts
USC loss a great talent in Kylie Fitts. He was a big part of their 5-5 overall record and the program ranking in the top 100 high school football schools in California. Fitts dominated on defense with his speed and athleticism and was arguably the teams anchor. He gave blockers problems with his physicality and strength. The 6’4, 245 lbs defensive end also played the run very well and put an extreme amount of pressure on the quarterback. Although Fitts made no official statement to why he left the Trojans, many believe it was due to the commitment of Leon McQuay III. McQuay’s commitment pushed Fitts out of the spring-enrollment class, giving McQuay early enrollment instead of Fitts. The California star has not ruled out coming back to USC, but will explore his options.
#1 Robert Nkemdiche
Robert Nkemdiche would have been great at Clemson. He was a huge part of their 10-2 overall record and the program ranking in the top five high school football schools in Georgia. Nkemdiche dominated on defense with his size and strength. He plays his position with the understanding of a seasoned college football player and still has room to grow. The 6’5, 265 lbs star is also a fantastic leader and a good teammate. Although Nkemdiche has not announced a reason for decommitting from Clemson, many believe it has something to do with his brother Denzel, who plays for Ole Miss. The Georgia star also has a lot of colleges that have been heavily recruiting him and individuals close to Nkemdiche believes he needs more time to look around and take more visits. He has not ruled out coming back to Clemson, but I believe Nkemdiche will be in an Ole Miss uniform sometime soon.