Decommitting is something that we never like to see, but it's part of the recruiting world. When a recruit makes a commitment, sometimes we tend to forget that the commitment is a non-binding oral agreement. This is a free country and the recruit still has the right to change their minds before signing their Letter of Intent.
For this piece, I'm going to rank the top 11 decommitments of the 2013 recruiting season so far. I emphasize "so far" because I think we're sure to see a few more surprises before the first Wednesday in February arrives upon us.
Here are the top 11 decommitments of the 2013 recruiting cycle.
Redfield is at No. 11 because he technically has not decommitted, rather he has just "softened" his pledge to USC.
Redfield recently took a trip to Notre Dame and came away torn between the Irish and Trojans. He told Scout.com that his commitment to USC is now "soft", and he is thinking things over.
With the way USC has played this season versus the year Notre Dame is having, a full decommitment may be brewing.
Randolph is a 6'3", 221 pound OLB from Virginia that committed to Stanford early in the process. He then started to look around, and Notre Dame caught wind that he could be wavering.
The Irish pursued him hard and got him to finally flip to committing to them in early September. This is a huge coup as it gives the Irish another player to help continue playing solid defense.
Hunt got offered a scholarship to UCLA by the old coaching staff led by Rick Neuheisel. The 5'9", 175 pound physical CB will be staying home in Los Angeles to play college football.
However, when Jim Mora Jr. replaced Neuheisel, he never really connected with Hunt, who felt slighted and chose to back off his commitment to the Bruins.
Look for Hunt to end up possibly at Cal.
Griffin is a 6'2", 300 DT prospect Georgia that fits the NT spot for a DL unit perfectly. That is why he was coveted so much by Georgia, which runs a 3-4 base defense.
In early October, Griffin announced he had committed to the Bulldogs, but a few hours later, he was stating that he wasn't committed anywhere. Then a short time later, Griffin and his family announced he was committing to South Carolina.
Webb is a New Jersey native that plays in the defensive trenches at 6'2", 290 pounds. He has good strength, and I think he can play end in a 30-front.
Webb was once a happily committed man, as he was locked up with Penn State. Then right before the sanctions came out, he began to waver and was quickly convinced by Larry Fedora and North Carolina to commit to them.
Dawson is a 6'4", 290 pound OG prospect from Michigan. He was committed to the Wolverines and things appeared fine, but under the surface more was going on.
Dawson seemed to enjoy flirting with other schools and even planned trips, which didn't please Brady Hoke. The two decided to part ways and now Scout.com reports Dawson has a top three that includes Ohio State, Michigan State and Wisconsin.
Henry committed to Georgia over Florida during his junior year and looked like a lock to stick with UGA. I think when he realized that the Bulldogs had Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley in their 2012 class, he started to re-think things.
All spring and summer, Henry started to waver and really began to speak highly of Alabama. After a trip to Tuscaloosa he officially decommitted from UGA, and then Tennessee entered the ring.
Henry announced for Alabama on September 28th.
Bryant shocked some by committing to Oklahoma just a matter of days after Keith Ford pledged to the Sooners. However, by July, he was ready to flee the coop and did so.
Bryant decommitted from Oklahoma. Schools like Auburn, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida State and Alabama, I think, have the best chance. I also will say that Oklahoma is not completely out of it, but I doubt Bryant ends up in Norman.
Johnson is one of the top OT prospects in the country at 6'6", 285 pounds. He's from Pennsylvania, and Bill O'Brien got him to commit to being a Nittany Lion this past June.
Then with the announcement of the heavy sanctions placed on the Penn State program, Johnson backed off his commitment to the folks in Happy Valley.
Look for Johnson to end up at Pitt, Ohio State or perhaps even Virginia Tech.
Seals-Jones committed to Texas in February of this year, and usually when you commit to Mack Brown, you stick with it. However in June Seals-Jones decided to decommit from the Longhorns but insisted they were still the favorites.
The Longhorns got impatient with Seals-Jones, and at the start of this season, they informed him they were no longer recruiting him. Now, Seals-Jones is favoring LSU and Texas A&M.
Foster committed to Alabama before his junior season even started and really seemed to be set on the Crimson Tide. He made several trips to Tuscaloosa, and this commitment was one that really seemed set.
Then rumors began to swir,l and after awhile Foster called a surprising press conference in July of this year. At this presser, Foster not only shockingly announced he was decommitting from Alabama but dropped a bomb shell when he announced he was committing to rival Auburn.
Reuben Foster decommitting from Alabama and committing to Auburn is easily the top decommitment this year.
Edwin Weathersby has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns and the Las Vegas Gladiators of the Arena League. He spent a year evaluating prep prospects & writing specific recruiting and scouting content articles for Student Sports Football (now ESPN Rise-HS). A syndicated scout and writer, he's also contributed to WeAreSC.com, GatorBait.net and Diamonds in the Rough Inc., a College Football and NFL Draft magazine.