5 Committed Recruits Who Continue to Flirt with Other Schools
Many tend to forget that verbal commitments are only non-binding oral agreements between a recruit and a school. Thus when a recruit commits to a program, he is still free to speak with other schools. Some coaches make it clear to recruits when offering that should the player commit to their program, they strongly prefer he shut down all other communication with other coaches.
Most recruits who commit stick with their pledges and stop visiting and communicating with other schools. However, some do not and continue to "flirt" with other schools, even though they are committed to a program.
A talented receiver in Texas has Baylor head coach Art Briles sweating bullets. The nation's top dual-threat quarterback may not end up at Clemson and Kirk Ferentz's top commitment is looking around.
Ja'Von Harrison, ATH
Harrison, who has been invited to The Opening this summer, committed to Virginia Tech before his junior season. He told Scout.com in March that he is a strong Hokie commit, however one program refuses to take no for an answer.
Louisville, who is led by Charlie Strong, is going hard after Harrison. The Cardinals are listed as a "warm" team for him by 247Sports, while Florida is listed as "cool."
Harrison, who is 6'1" and 187 pounds, is a versatile player who could be a good receiver or defensive back. He shows solid movement skills at each position and has strong hands.
Jeffrey Jones, RB
Jones, who has rushed for more than 2,400 yards in the past two seasons, has scored 40 total touchdowns since his sophomore season.
He is the best player in Jerry Kill's class, as Jones committed to Minnesota in March. However, Kill must continue to recruit the talented running back as if he were uncommitted.
Per 247Sports, Jones has interest from Iowa State, Kentucky and Notre Dame. According to Scout.com, Michigan would also be a school that is high on Jones' list—if they made an offer. Jones may be committed to Minnesota, but he is not shy when it comes to flirting with other schools.
Davion Hall, WR/ATH
Hall, who could be an All-Conference safety or receiver, pledged to play at Baylor in February. He is one of the top players in Texas and the headliner of Art Briles' class.
However, he may not be a part of the Bears' final group when it is announced next February. Hall, who told Scout.com that he feels good about his Baylor pledge, visited Arkansas and Texas A&M this spring.
LSU is another school who could make a run at Hall, who is 6'2" and 186 pounds. An outstanding athlete, Hall has the speed and ball skills to become an electric receiver in Briles' offense. However, he also possesses the strength and instincts to be a force at the safety position.
Ross Pierschbacher, OT
Pierschbacher, who is the best player in Iowa, is the apple of Kirk Ferentz' eye. With the Hawkeyes' head coach being a known offensive line guru, he must be excited at the thought of coaching Pierschbacher.
Yet Ferentz should also be nervous, as The Bootleg.com reported in April that Pierschbacher told them he is still considering all of his options. Although he is from Iowa, the talented blocker could opt to spurn his in-state school and play elsewhere.
Pierschbacher, who is 6'5" and 285 pounds, can play guard or tackle. He has quick feet, fires out of his stance and can perform an array of blocks. His versatility, toughness and agility will help him become a starter in college.
Deshaun Watson, QB
Watson, who some feel is the best quarterback in the country, is committed to Clemson. Although it would be shocking if he landed elsewhere, according to Brett Mixon's report via WarBloggle.com, Watson was spotted at Auburn in May.
The Tigers, led by Gus Malzahn, are looking to bring in a top flight passer of Watson's quality. Malzahn's offense is at its best when operated by a dual-threat quarterback.
Watson, who is 6'3" and 200 pounds, also has interest from other programs. Both Georgia and Ohio State are listed as "cool" teams by 247Sports.
Clemson still has to feel good about its chances to land Watson, but there is flirting going on with other schools.
Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns.