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For Everyone that Can’t Understand “Decommitments”

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Recruits commit to schools, then they change their minds.  It happens all the time.

Emotions tend to run too high during the recruiting process, leading many to lose it and spew hate when their favorite incoming player decides to go elsewhere.  Alabama does it to Kentucky in football — Damien Harris, Derek Kief and Derrick Ansley.  Kentucky does it to many people in basketball, most notably Terrence Jones.

Before the Real T. Jones was teaching the world about Kentucky, before he was the SEC Freshman of the Year, before he was a National Champion, he was committed to play for the Washington Huskies.

Part of the allure to Washington was Terrence Ross.  The future NBA player and Jones’ high school teammate was heading to Washington.  Kentucky recruited Mac Jones’ high school teammate and best bud, safety Ahman Ross, to make the Cats more attractive.  They tried, but just like Saban, Calipari’s sway was too powerful and Jones eventually flipped to Kentucky.

Even though you may not like it, losing a high profile commitment is simply the world we live as Kentucky football fans. However, the script is flipped as Kentucky basketball fans.  All you can do is celebrate when the next high profile recruit signs on the dotted line on the first Wednesday of February, National Signing Day.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

9 Comments for For Everyone that Can’t Understand “Decommitments”



  1. nybrasky
    10:54 pm June 7, 2016 Permalink

    No, Kentucky doesn’t do it to anyone in basketball, and you are completely wrong about the T. Jones situation and what actually happened. Don’t make things up to fit your narrative. If you wanted to compare it to anything, Trey Lyles is more accurate except for the fact that he decommitted before entertaining other schools.

    Basketball and football are completely different. Most top basketball schools honor kids’ verbal commitments. Occasionally, when kids want to decommit, they or their people will reach out quietly to other teams to see if they are still interested and then decommit. The coaches aren’t constantly recruiting them. In football, coaches actively pursue regardless of a commitment. Football is just a dogfight until the fax comes in.



    • Ricky Blumpkin
      12:04 am June 8, 2016 Permalink

      Roush is terrible. The worst this site has ever had. And that’s some statement. He never knows what he’s talking about.



  2. runningunnin.454
    11:27 pm June 7, 2016 Permalink

    one,two,three,four,five,six,seven,eight, nine….I just wanted to see if this comment would die in the vacuous process of moderation.



    • runningunnin.454
      11:29 pm June 7, 2016 Permalink

      Well, I guess it didn’t. Now I see how so many vacuous comments get through!



    • Sentient Third Eye
      8:44 am June 8, 2016 Permalink

      Somebody got a new dictionary for his birthday!



    • runningunnin.454
      9:15 am June 8, 2016 Permalink

      Thanks for pontificating…your point? Actually, I just wanted to post a comment about the article, Randall Cobb, the Jones kid, and life in general.
      Alas, it sank into the deep, dark, hole of nothingness. No great loss, mankind will survive, even if at a minimal level.



  3. Ricky Blumpkin
    11:43 pm June 7, 2016 Permalink

    Commitment should mean something. Regardless the type of relationship. Period.



    • Blueblueblueblue
      7:17 am June 8, 2016 Permalink

      Hilarious. If college sports are about kids (which they obviously aren’t; they’re about $), then we should be happy that this KID got to go where he wants to be. You are mad because you think he could have helped your team, so basically you are putting your team / selfish desires ahead of what is best for this KID. This is lone of the only situations in college athletics where a kid has any power. After they sign that scholarship paper, the school has TOTAL control.



    • Ricky Blumpkin
      11:19 am June 8, 2016 Permalink

      I think you are a fool. Your reading comprehension skills need work.