The LSU Tigers have lost a 5-star commitment with the news that 2014 linebacker Kain Daub has opened his options back up.
Chris Nee of 247Sports reports on the decommitment:
Jacksonville (Fla.) Sandalwood five-star junior inside linebacker Kain Daub has been committed to LSU since a summer camp visit back in July. But on Tuesday, the No. 1 rated inside linebacker in the 2014 class re-opened his recruitment, according to his head coach.
“He is definitely opening it back up,” Sandalwood head coach Adam Geis said.
The Sunshine State defender shared a reason for re-opening his recruitment with his coach.
“He wanted to take some visits and go to some camps with me this summer,” Geis said.
Losing a commitment is never good for a program, especially when that commitment is a 5-star recruit.
The fact that Daub is just a junior should help ease the pain a bit—there's a ton of time left to bring him back into the fold, or move on to a different recruit—but the fact remains that there are really not a lot of ways to spin this as a positive for the Tigers.
Nee's report did cite Daub's coach as saying that LSU would still be in the running, along with USC, Alabama, Florida State, Tennessee and Auburn, so if there is something good for LSU fans to take away from this, that would be it.
There is another issue this story brings up, though, and that's the issue of junior commitments. A while back I wrote an article on why I felt college football recruits shouldn't make commitments as juniors, and this news regarding Daub goes to prove many of those points.
Committing to a program comes with a ton of pressure.
Fans and even many coaches expect these players to be 100 percent in-tune with the program once they make a commitment, so it effectively takes away a recruit's ability to critically think and spend time examining the most important decision of his life thus far. If a recruit starts to consider other options or even visits other schools, the pressure and backlash from fans, media and even coaches can be staggering. Also, there's the fact that some coaches, like Brady Hoke at Michigan, don't allow recruits to consider other schools once they have committed, or they will withdraw their offer from said recruit.
Is it really worth losing your ability to explore, critically think and change your mind to commit as a junior? I think not.
At least according to Nee's report, being able to go to camps and take visits played a factor in Daub's commitment from LSU, and that really doesn't surprise me one bit.
Is it a good idea for a recruit to make a commitment as a junior?
So much can change from junior year to senior year for recruits, and that's not even counting changes on the football field. How many juniors are really emotionally ready to make such a life-altering decision, about a year earlier than they are even required to do so?
I believe that answer should be not many, if any.
In the end though, LSU has lost a 5-star commitment, regardless of what class he's in. It's a big loss for Les Miles and the Tigers, but there is plenty of time to make up for it.
Daub, on the other hand, will apparently check out his other options, and frankly, this is the way it should have been to begin with.
Daub's decommitment from LSU effectively shows us why juniors shouldn't make commitments.