Jean Delance Decommits from Oklahoma After Video of Racist Fraternity Chant

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIIMarch 9, 2015

Credit: 247Sports

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):

Jean Delance @JeanDelance74


It appears Delance has moved on quickly in the recruiting process, as he later stated that he'd received a scholarship offer from Alabama:

Jean Delance @JeanDelance74

Officially offered by the University Of Alabama!! #RollTideRoll 🐘🐘 http://t.co/hjWQVOBGIp

ESPN.com's Max Olson was among those suggesting that Delance's decision didn't completely hinge on the unsavory video:

Max Olson @max_olson

I wouldn’t totally conflate Jean Delance’s decommitment from OU with SAE scandal. Figured this was coming after Texas, A&M offers.

But Scout.com's Bob Przybylo spoke to Delance and acquired firsthand knowledge of how the incident weighed on the young player's mind:

Bob Przybylo @BPrzybylo

#Scout150 OL @JeanDelance74 was clearly disturbed by the racist frat video from #OU last night, no longer committed to #Sooners

Bob Przybylo @BPrzybylo

@DavidRaath Because I asked him after he tweeted his statement and talked to him last night about the video

The following tweet from CBSDFW.com confirms Przybylo's testimony:


Exclusive interview on CBS 11 at 5 w/NTX teen @JeanDelance74 He decommitted from #OU over racist frat viral video http://t.co/UEhQNu8YtS

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.