Ya see? This is why you should never get too caught up in ‘verbal commitments’.
A little more than a month after announcing his verbal pledge to the Florida State Seminoles, Markell Pack (Purvis, MS) has now decided another team has come back into the fold to potentially sign the 6-foot 3, 180-pound 4-star wide receiver: his home state Ole Miss Rebels.
Let’s recap the previous commitment. Pack had been recruited hard by then-Mississippi State tight ends coach Tim Brewster and developed a solid bond with the former head man of the Minnesota Gophers. Then, when Brewster took the same position at FSU, he continued his pursuit of Pack, eventually leading to a commitment last month.
But, oh how those Rebels from Oxford are dogged on the recruiting trail.
Yes, the very same program who, two years ago, was winless in the SEC. But, also, the very same program who, just four months ago, signed the number five class in America according to ESPN. And yes, the very same program who currently has the 15th ranked recruiting class for 2014.
Suffice it to say, the Rebels aren’t backing down from anyone on the recruiting trail. And you just know they’re not gonna let a team from the ACC, who has only signed four prospects from Mississippi since ’02, come into the Magnolia State and walk out with a 4-star prospect; at least not without one heck of a fight.
So who will Pack sign with? When will he make his next ‘commitment’? Tough to say just yet.
First, it seems like it’s truly a toss-up right now between the Seminoles and Rebels. While it may be telling that Pack missed the Jimbo Fisher camp earlier this month (an event he was anticipated to attend, along with other FSU commits), it’s also telling that the kid hasn’t even been to Tallahassee yet. He hasn’t been to Doak Campbell Stadium, checked out the facilities, dug into the academic programs, nor even seen the campus.
Once he finally does visit FSU and compares and contrasts the two fine southern schools, then we can anticipate another decision (Pack has already been to Oxford a handful of times). He’s indicated he’ll visit Tallahassee soon, but no one can say for certain, especially since he had the chance to camp there and didn’t.
So now it’s going to be a recruiting slobber-knocker between Ole Miss and FSU for the talented wideout, which should be fun to watch.
But I wouldn’t expect another formal announcement any time soon. In fact, I could see this one going all the way to National Signing Day 2014 until we know for sure.