Breaking Down Biggest Summer Decommits on 2014 College Football Recruiting Trail
Decommitments are a part of college football recruiting.
You can accept it and move on, or you can get red in the face every time a high school kid goes back on their word. But either way, decommitments are part of the fabric of the recruiting trail.
It may not be right to make a commitment and then go back on it, but as long as commitments are verbal, there's technically nothing wrong about it.
With that in mind, let's revisit the three biggest decommitments of the summer so far.
Note: For the purpose of this article, May will be considered a summer month. Perhaps it's not officially, but here on the Sign, Sealed, Delivered Blog, we control the seasons.
D'haquille Williams, 5-star JUCO WR
D'haquille Williams is the No. 1 JUCO recruit according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He's 6'3'', 213 pounds and runs a 4.40, per 247Sports. He has the size and speed combination to be dominant in college football, especially considering his JUCO experience.
Williams is from Reserve, La., and he committed to the home-state LSU Tigers in May of 2013. This was despite the fact that he had already taken two unofficial visits to Auburn in March and April.
He was a major pickup for LSU, but 11 days later he had decommmitted.
Williams visited Auburn again on July 19, this time officially, and he was committed to Gus Malzahn's program by July 21.
He's easily Auburn's marquee commitment to date, and he has a chance to shine in Malzahn's offensive system.
Christian Miller, 4-star OLB
Christian Miller is an outside linebacker recruit from Columbia, S.C., and he was a huge commitment for Florida. Miller is the No. 3 outside linebacker according to the 247Sports Composite, and he's 6'4'', 222 pounds and runs a 4.74 40 (247Sports). With numbers like that, Miller projects to be pretty good.
He had committed to Florida in February, but ended up leaving the class in mid-May. That was a big loss for Florida, but it was recently compounded by the fact that he committed to Alabama. Of course.
At Alabama, Miller will play the role of a 3-4 outside linebacker. He has the size and speed to be a great one, especially with the coaching he'll receive there.
Jermaine Eluemunor and Dominick Jackson, 4-star JUCO OT's
For a while it looked like UCLA was going to stay hot on the recruiting trail in 2014. Jermaine Eluemunor committed to the Bruins in June of 2013, and at 6'6'', 300 pounds, he brought a ton of potential with him.
What made Eluemunor's commitment even more exciting is that UCLA had landed another top JUCO offensive tackle, Dominick Jackson, just days before.
The Bruins' 2014 class was stacked up front, but the end of June saw Jackson decommit and flip to Alabama, as if the Tide needed help.
Jackson's flip was a big loss for UCLA, but time heals all wounds, right?
Not in this case.
Late July rolled around and news came out that Eluemunor had decommitted as well. Like Jackson, he also chose to go to the SEC. Instead of picking 'Bama though, the big JUCO offensive tackle wound up committing to Arkansas.
What could have been a stellar front line group for UCLA quickly disintegrated. The Bruins still only have six commitments.
Note: Information via each recruit's 247Sports timeline unless otherwise noted. Star rankings courtesy of 247Sports.
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