Ranking 5 Most Shocking Commitments So Far in Class of 2015
The 2015 recruiting cycle is moving along, and so far there have been several shocking commitments.
Analysts and fans of recruiting make predictions on where they think a recruit will go, but some prospects surprise everyone with their decisions.
An offensive tackle from Georgia was thought to be a lock to sign with an SEC team only to commit to a Pac-12 school. And a Big 12 school came out of virtually nowhere to snag a 4-star running back.
Then there's the 4-star receiver who spurned the chance to be a legacy player at his hometown school.
5. Ronald Jones II, RB
Committed to: Oklahoma State
Schools such as Oklahoma, Baylor and Ohio State were in the mix for the Texas native, as it didn't seem like there was a strong chance he'd end up in Stillwater. Jones shocked the recruiting trail by pulling the trigger with the Pokes in the spring.
4. Chuma Edoga, OT
Committed to: USC
With his athleticism and 6'3", 276-pound frame, Chuma Edoga should become a top-flight starting college offensive lineman. The overwhelming feeling at the start of the spring was that the Georgia native would sign with Tennessee—if not Georgia.
However, an unofficial visit to Los Angeles in April left a bigger impression on Edoga than people realized. He passed at the chance to play in the SEC by committing to USC on April 21.
USC has won high-profile out-of-state recruiting battles before, but this one was definitely an upset.
3. Tyler Petite, TE
Committed to: Duke
Duke doesn't get 4-star recruits on a consistent basis nor does it beat out bigger programs in many recruiting battles. That's why, no matter what anyone says, it's shocking that the Blue Devils beat USC for 4-star tight end Tyler Petite.
Not only is USC a national powerhouse, but Petite is from California. The Trojans coveted the 6'5", 225-pounder, but Petite surprised everyone by announcing for Duke over 'SC.
2. Alex Ofodile, WR
Committed to: Oregon
Alex Ofodile, a receiver from Missouri, is the son of former Mizzou tight end Anselm Ofodile. Not only is the 4-star recruit from the Show Me State, he lives in Columbia.
That made him a sure-fire lock to sign with the Tigers according to virtually everyone who follows recruiting. Even those who predicted Ofodile wouldn't be a Tiger had him going to Notre Dame, Oklahoma or Kentucky, per his 247Sports crystal ball.
That's why it was a shock to see him commit to Oregon on June 24.
Ofodile told A.J. Jacobson of Duck Sports Authority (subscription required) on June 24:
They just made me feel real comfortable and being around the players felt really comfortable. I know that they are in the hunt for the national championship every year. It was just hard to turn down. I thought it was a great fit and was very comfortable.
1. Jordan Scarlett, RB
Committed to: Florida Atlantic (currently committed to Miami)
Although he is no longer committed to Florida Atlantic, it was still a big shock when Jordan Scarlett pledged to the Owls in December of 2013.
FAU is not a school that signs elite 4-star prospects, and Scarlett easily was on pace to be the highest-rated recruit to ever sign with the Owls. Before pledging to FAU, Scarlett had offers from programs such as Notre Dame, Florida State, Georgia and Clemson.
His commitment was such a shock that speculation immediately began on when he'd decommit from Florida Atlantic.
Although he backed off his commitment in June—and has since pledged to Miami—Scarlett's original decision to commit to Florida Atlantic is still the most shocking commitment so far in 2015 recruiting.