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The vanishing scholarship offer: Bad form for Joker?

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We mentioned earlier this week (or maybe last week, I don’t know) that three-star Texas linebacker Blake Terry, who had committed to play football at Kentucky, had his scholarship offer pulled by the Kentucky coaching staff and was not too pleased about it.  Terry went as far as to say that he hoped to get another shot at an SEC school so he could take on the Cats on the field after he said his offer was pulled because the staff was looking for faster linebackers.  For a staff that had 23 commitments in the bank and only 25 allowed by NCAA rules, it gave a little wiggle room. 

Today, it seems there is a little more wiggle room as ESPN says that two-star defensive back EJ May, is no longer a UK commitment.  The Worldwide Leader did not provide any reason for the change in plans, but WLEX issued some fine Cutlery adding that, according to Rivals, he no longer holds an offer from the Cats.  Did his offer get yanked while he held a commitment like Terry’s?  It’s tough to say, but it seems a likely possibility.

This, of course, opens up the debate about whether or not the verbal commitment between player and school should be binding.  In basketball, it seems that, at least for big schools, it’s the players changing their minds.  In football, where there are countless more players available and more scholarships open, coaches pulling offers seems to be a little more prevalent.  But, does that mean it’s what Joker Phillips should be doing if he’s trying to build goodwill on the recruiting trail?  Alan Cutler thinks not.But, if the spots are filled by  players with more skill and potential (Lamar Dawson comes to mind), you’re going to be hard-pressed to find a Kentucky fan who isn’t happy with Joker’s decision.  But, until that happens, it’s certainly a subject worth debating.

Article written by Thomas Beisner