High school prospect Jean Delance was committed to play football for the University of Oklahoma. Unfortunately, the Sooners program experienced backlash from a controversial video of a campus fraternity's racist chant.
On Monday, Delance announced on Twitter that he'd decommitted (h/t Sporting News' Jasmine Watkins):
It appears Delance has moved on quickly in the recruiting process, as he later stated that he'd received a scholarship offer from Alabama:
ESPN.com's Max Olson was among those suggesting that Delance's decision didn't completely hinge on the unsavory video:
I wouldn’t totally conflate Jean Delance’s decommitment from OU with SAE scandal. Figured this was coming after Texas, A&M offers.— Max Olson (@max_olson) March 9, 2015
But Scout.com's Bob Przybylo spoke to Delance and acquired firsthand knowledge of how the incident weighed on the young player's mind:
@DavidRaath Because I asked him after he tweeted his statement and talked to him last night about the video— Bob Przybylo (@BPrzybylo) March 9, 2015
The following tweet from CBSDFW.com confirms Przybylo's testimony:
Delance, who hails from North Mesquite High School in Texas, is rated as a 4-star recruit from the class of 2016 by 247Sports. The site's composite rankings have Delance as the 162nd-ranked prospect and the 16th-best offensive tackle in the country.
Joining Alabama's powerhouse program is an option Delance should be excited to explore. As for Oklahoma, it will have some damage control to do in order to prevent future commitments from going the route Delance did.