In honor of DeAndre Jordan reneging on his commitment to stay with the Los Angeles Clippers, we look at some recent flips in college football recruiting.
We didn’t have to turn the calendar back very far to see a number of high profile recruits changing schools at the last second. This past February many college football pundits termed this years national signing day as the “year of the flip.”
Four star recruit Jerome Barker from Cleveland, Ohio flipped from Florida to Ohio State University. He was hardly alone. The University of Kentucky had to suffer through a recruiting season that brought nine de-commitments alone. If only John Calipari was allowed to recruit football players too….
Missouri flipped three star Defensive End, Nate Howard, a Missouri native who had been committed to Wisconsin for close to a year.
South Carolina had a commitment from Georgian Defensive End Arden Key, but he de-committed to S.C. He then recommitted to them only to de-commit once more before signing with LSU because they “lead the NFL in Defensive Lineman.”
On the offensive side of the ball Quarterback, Zach Gentry, from New Mexico committed to Texas and coach Charlie Strong before flipping to Michigan at the last minute and Jim Harbaugh.
If we look back a few years there are some notable star players who also de-comitted or “fliped.”
Dante Fowler Jr. was the 6th best Defensive End coming out of Florida in 2012. He committed to Florida State, before switching to Will Muschamp and the Florida Gators. It worked out as he was selected third overall in the 2015 NFL draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars where he will be teammates with another notable star flipper, T.J. Yeldon.
Alabama native Yeldon was committed to Auburn before he ultimately decided to go to in-state rival Alabama. Yeldon was drafted in the second round of the 2015 NFL draft by the Jaguars.