Recruiting Rumor Mill: Latest on recent decommitments

The early subscription period is almost close and there are always many withdrawals until next Wednesday. With one of the busiest coaching carousels of recent years, there are more changes than expected. Here’s a look at many of the latest releases since December 1 and where those players might be looking now:

Three-star running back from Tampa (Fla.) Hillsborough made a commitment to Pitt during his official visit in June and his promise remained throughout the season, a big one for the Panthers that led them to the ACC championship. But Bailey gave up on her promise in the past few days and is now planning to visit the state of Mississippi this weekend. Even if things go well, Bailey could wait until the end of the signing period to make his final decision.

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Oregon won over Alabama and others in March when he engaged with the Ducks and everything looked fine – he wanted to play for the manager Mario cristobal and offensive coordinator Joe Testa di Moro to Eugenio. Now both coaches are gone with Cristobal to Miami and Moorhead taking the job at Akron. Florida has shown significant interest in the past couple of days and others are expected to get involved as well.

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After Mario Cristobal left Oregon for Miami, Houston (Texas) five-star offensive tackle Summer Creek reopened his recruiting. Texas and Texas A&M will be contenders and on Wednesday, Banks has scheduled a visit to Alabama in January. Cristobal met Banks on Wednesday night and it will be interesting to see if the Canes become serious players now too.

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Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) New four-star receiver St. Thomas Aquinas renounced its commitment to Pitt on December 1, and in the last few days Georgia has arrived with an offer. This weekend, Brown is expected to be in Athens. The Bulldogs have certainly become a major contender in his recruiting, but Pitt is not giving up and had a house meeting with him on Wednesday. Auburn and Florida State are also contenders.

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Since late June, Campbell had been busy with Clemson, but the four-star linebacker gave up that engagement days after the defensive coordinator Brent Venables took the job of head coach of Oklahoma. The Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy standout should take the next few days to consider the best options, but the Sooners are expected to be there along with Penn State, Michigan, Texas A&M, Georgia and more likely.

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Shreveport (La.) Three-star receiver Green Oaks had been in LSU since October 2019. He was about to play for the Tigers. But when the coach Brian Kelly took over, Crawford decided to reopen his recruiting. It hasn’t been short of interest as Nebraska, Texas, Cincinnati, Auburn, Baylor, Houston and “a lot more” have already caught up.

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Since his disengagement following Mario Cristobal’s move from Oregon to Miami, many Southeastern schools have been in contact and Dudley now has Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee, Florida and Texas on his radar. Dudley is close to the Oregon position coach Ken Wilson so if he stays in Eugene, the Ducks may not be completely out. With so much going on, Dudley is expected to wait until the late signing period.

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East has been involved in the state of Mississippi since late June, but in recent days the three-star offensive lineman from New Orleans (La.) St. Augustine has backtracked and may have switched to rival the Bulldogs. All indications are that Ole Miss is emerging as the favorite for the 6-foot-7 offensive tackle.

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The four-star QB of Flower Mound, Texas gave up its Florida engagement on Wednesday, and many of the best programs have been hit since its announcement. Options won’t be a problem. Oklahoma and Ole Miss volunteered late Wednesday night. Previously, Evers had heard from Notre Dame, Texas Tech, Iowa, Indiana, Virginia Tech, Boise State, and others. No visits this weekend have been scheduled yet.

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Ranked as the seventh best receiver in the 2022 class, Gibson retired from Florida on Wednesday like some others, and there are reports that Florida State and Oklahoma have been the most concerned so far. Prior to his Florida engagement, Georgia was trying to get him to commit to the Bulldogs, but that didn’t happen and Georgia may be looking elsewhere now. Visits may come before another decision is made.

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After picking USC over Penn State and others in June, four-star Oradell (NJ) cornerback Bergen Catholic gave up on his commitment later Lincoln Rileyhas arrived and is now fresh from a visit to Nebraska. The Huskers are definitely a major contender in his recruiting and there are some whispers that Missouri is interested as well.

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The three-star cornerback in Montgomery (Ala.) Montgomery Catholic had been busy in the state of Mississippi since March but was closed in recent days and now schools are becoming more interested. Griffin visited Tennessee during the season

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After nearly six months of engagement in Virginia, the Spring, Texas-based defensive three-star Westfield has given up on that engagement following the startling news that manager Bronco Mendenhall was stepping down. Indiana, Minnesota, Washington State, TCU, Houston, Ohio State, Oklahoma, SMU, and Tulane are all coming into play.

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Engaged with LSU since April, Johnson has given up on his promise in recent days and his brother Max has entered the transfer portal after being the starting quarterback in Baton Rouge. Wherever Max Johnson ends up, his brother could definitely go too, but the four-star tight end should have his choice of schools across the country.

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The three-star offensive lineman from Azle, Texas had been assigned to Virginia Tech since June, but he gave up on that engagement during the Brent PryHe is hiring in Blacksburg. He recently had a home visit with the state of Mississippi with the coach Mike Leach and others and it looks like Bulldogs may be in good shape.

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Since March, Longmire has been committed to Kentucky, but has given up on that commitment in early December and has received considerable interest since. The three-star athlete from Corbin, Ky., Has been in communication primarily with Cincinnati, Purdue, West Virginia, Mississippi State, and Tennessee. The plan is to make a few visits in January and sign in during the late period.

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After the departure of Manny Diaz in Miami, the three-star linebacker from Manvel, Texas has given up on his commitment to the Hurricanes. It is unclear which programs have shown the most interest in the past few days as there are many moving pieces about the other schools that had recruited him, but Utah and TCU have offered in the last few days.

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The three-star receiver from Hoover, Ala., Committed to Northwestern in late October, but the commitment only lasted until early December. When Meredith gave up her commitment, it seemed like a trip to the state of Arizona was imminent, but then Maryland offered and is now planning to visit the Terps this weekend.

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Engagement in Florida since February, Nolton resigned in the days following the coach Billy Napier he was hired during a mass exodus of that recruiting class. It has been so long since Nolton has been on the market, but West Virginia, Louisville, Kentucky, Missouri and Marshall have already contacted him.

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According to Olson, he let the new USC coaching staff know on Wednesday that he was exploring other options as he has certainly been busy in recent weeks for the three-star offensive lineman from Napavine, Washington. In the past month, Notre Dame, Washington, Washington state, Oregon state, Utah, Penn state, Boise state, and Fresno state have all been in contact.

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It was smooth sailing for Sabb and his commitment to Clemson, but then four-star safety in Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy visited for Michigan’s big win over Ohio State. It was supposed to be an innocent trip to Ann Arbor, but now it looks like the Wolverines are in the driver’s seat to get her commitment.

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With the transition from Dan Mullen to Billy Napier, Smith has given up on his Florida commitment and it appears that two other SEC programs have shown the most attention. Smith recently visited Tennessee and had a home visit Wednesday night as volunteers make it a priority. Ole Miss is definitely involved too.

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As Washington walked away from the coach Jimmy Lake and then hired Kalen DeBoer from the state of Fresno, Stratton relinquished his commitment to the Huskies and reopened his recruitment. It is unclear which programs have brought Stratton back to their board of directors, but Nevada and FIU had previously offered and it wouldn’t be shocking if things resumed as many programs are still looking for a QB in this class.

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Oregon won big when Williams got engaged on July 1, but the massive offensive lineman from Duncnaville, Texas has now given up on his engagement following manager Mario Cristobal’s move to Miami. Now things get really interesting. Texas and Oklahoma were the other finalists this summer, Miami is trying them and Florida has also offered and is chasing hard.

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Four-star Leesburg (Ga.) Linebacker Lee County had been involved with Georgia Tech since May 1 but in recent months many other programs have been involved and the Yellow Jackets recently got rid of some coaches. This prompted Willis to reopen his recruiting in the last few days before the early signing period and it looks like Ole Miss could be the beneficiary.

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The three-star Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic linebacker has been a long-time commitment to Oregon since July 2020. But Mario Cristobal’s departure to Miami and the uncertainty that lingers prompted Winston to disengage on Thursday. UCLA and Cal have already contacted and others may be involved as well.

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