Baylor signed its best recruiting class in school history three months ago. Now, almost one-third of it is jumping ship.
ESPN reports seven players from the Bears’ 2016 class have requested a release from their national letters of intent just days after the school fired coach Art Briles due to the program’s handling of sexual assault allegations against players.
The seven players — J.P. Urquidez, Jared Atkinson, Patrick Hudson, Parrish Cobb, Devin Duvernay, Donovan Duvernay and Kameron Martin — were set to enroll at Baylor on Monday, but never showed. Five of them are rated among 247Sports’ top 300 players. The Baylor class was ranked 17th in the nation.
It’s common for players to change commitments during the recruiting process, but once a letter of intent is signed, they can’t go elsewhere until the school releases them or they sit out a full year (or if the NCAA punishes the school or they don’t meet admissions standards). That means these players’ fates are in Baylor’s hands, and the school has 30 days to respond to their requests. If it says no, the players can appeal.
Kellen Mond, the No. 4 dual threat QB in the class of 2017, also decommitted from Baylor on Wednesday night. For him, things are a little easier.
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SOURCE: Sporting News – Steve Petrella