Lost in translation

Dabo Swinney

There will come a day when the word ‘decommitment' is recognized by Microsoft Word as part of the American lexicon.

In the all encompassing universe that is college football recruiting, decommitment is recognized, while its antonym seems to be losing translation.

But there are guys like Dorian O'Daniel, who have been committed to staying true to their commitment.

"Clemson is a great school with a great program and a football team that's on the rise. We're going to do big things in the future," O'Daniel said. "Basically, that's why I committed. I want to be a part of that.

"I said I was all in when I committed and I meant it."

Though O'Daniel may have briefly considered other options after pledging to Clemson on April 14, 2012, he never acted on them.


O'Daniel committed to Clemson while on campus for last year's spring game.
That wasn't the case for all of the prospects that once said they were committed to signing with Clemson on the first Wednesday in February of 2013.

From offensive tackle R.J. Prince to outside linebacker Isaac McDonald, defensive ends Robert Nkemdiche and Elijah Daniel and cornerback David Kamara, the Tigers' 2013 signing class saw plenty of turnover.

"I don't know why someone would want to decommit from Clemson, I don't. It's a great place to be. It's a family," O'Daniel said. "If I'm going to be spending four years somewhere, I want it to be a family."

Conversely, Clemson will sign several players on Wednesday that were committed elsewhere prior to making the pledge to be ‘All In' -- Jayron Kearse [Auburn, Miami] Ebenezer Ogundeko [UConn], T.J. Green [UAB], Kyrin Priester [N.C. State] and Marcus Edmond [N.C. State].

Prospects decommit from one school and commit to another for a myriad of reasons -- staff turnover, an earlier opportunity for playing time, higher-profile programs come calling.

Some commit only to decide they pulled the trigger too early. Others want to weigh there options and continue to visit others. And there are those that are pressured by friends, family and mentors to look elsewhere.

Green, who will sign with Clemson on Wednesday, was given the opportunity to play for a program with a higher profile than the one he originally committed to.

With UAB as his only offer after his senior season, he pledged to the Blazers last November. Then, when schools like Clemson, Auburn, Kentucky and California come through with offers after the New Year, Green decided to weigh his other options.

Less than a week after picking up an offer from Dabo Swinney, he committed to Clemson.

"I know that's where I want to go," Green said. "I know I want to go there. I'm excited about it -- that's where I'm going."

For Ben Boulware, there really weren't any other options. When he committed to Clemson on Mar. 28, 2012, there was hardly a doubt that it would change.

The four-star linebacker looks forward to signing on Wednesday.


Boulware, who hails from Anderson, has a brother on the Clemson baseball team.
"I'm pretty excited. It's been a dream of mine as a Clemson fan. I can finally make it official," he said.

Boulware hopes others will join him and help boost Clemson's 18th rated class.

The Tigers remain in the hunt for North Carolina safety commitment Korrin Wiggins, cornerbacks Adrian Baker and Mackensie Alexander and offensive guard Tyrone Crowder.

"I feel like, if we get both the corners…I feel like if we get them, we'll have a pretty good class," Boulware said. "Whether we get them or not, we definitely have a pretty good class coming in. I'm pretty excited about that."

Wednesday is certain offer plenty of drama.

"It's been a roller coaster," O'Daniel said. "The decommitments and other commitments…with a few of the commits that we have, hopefully the signees will really boost the whole excitement of the whole Clemson family."

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