ESPN’s SportsNation recently asked America, “What do you think of recruits decommitting from colleges?” The poll results are broken down in this map by state, with the red states all agreeing on it being “dishonorable”, and the awesome state believing that it is “fair” for recruits to back out of commitments.
As you can see, Kentucky is the minority here. So, why is that? Maybe because we’re glad to have the services of Demarcus Cousins, who decommitted from Memphis to follow Coach Cal. Big Cuz will likely be a star this season for the Cats, therefore, his relocation is very “fair” to the Bluegrass. Plus, everyone in Kentucky now has the optimistic outlook that Calipari has a legitimate shot at landing any recruit he wants. So anytime a five-star player has a change of heart at another school (see Selby, Josh), I think we all agree that it is “fair” for them to suit up in the blue and white.
On the other hand, the state of Tennessee should’ve been given the option “it’s bull#$%!” rather than “dishonorable”, after every decommitment they’ve been through. Memphis lost out on Cousins, Xavier Henry, and Nolan Dennis in the class of 2009, and 2010 recruit Josh Selby recently backed out of his commitment to Tennessee. I guess that explains why Tennessee had one of the most lopsided results from this poll.
So, now that it’s out there, anyone feeling like they made the wrong college decision should take note of these results. You know where you’re welcome. It is very “fair” to back out of your commitment and come to Kentucky (if you can run the Dribble-Drive.) The other 49 states don’t know what they’re talking about.