The Tennessee Vols have been recruiting at a high level in recent months, which has translated into a lot of excitement for the program.
This week, however, fans were served a stark reminder that commitments mean very little until recruits sign their name to a national letter of intent.
2021 four-star defensive back Kamar Wilcoxson committed to Tennessee back in April and grabbed a few headlines with some bold claims. Wilcoxson, at one point, told VolQuest that he had big plans for the 2021 signing class at UT, saying “We plan on having the best class in the SEC. We know a lot of people and a lot of people want to play with us”.
The Georgia native said in April that he wasn’t taking any visits to other programs, essentially indicating that his recruitment was shut down.
Wilcoxson also told GoVols247 in April “nothing can stop me from signing with Tennessee…. the fans have nothing to worry about”.
On Friday, Wilcoxson decommitted from Tennessee and committed to Florida….for the third time.
Business over emotion, imma Gator stop the commotion ♾ . . .
Gator nation, let’s ride . . . 🐊💙 pic.twitter.com/mrnLpAiKE4
— 🪐 (@KamarWilcoxson4) June 19, 2020
I don’t necessarily think there’s anything wrong with Wilcoxson going back and forth with his commitment. He’s still a high school kid trying to make a big decision. Maybe he got caught up in the moment when he committed to Tennessee. Or maybe he has doubts about Florida that were resolved. Or maybe he likes the attention (who could blame him?). No one really knows. And no one (fans specifically) should worry too much about it.
This is why getting attached to commits can be dangerous for fans. We’re all essentially watching high school kids make big decisions in real time. Rarely during the recruiting process does a recruit know where they’re going from day one. I’m sure there are days where they’re leaning toward one program and then the next day they feel the opposite.
I’m sure there are folks out there who feel like a player should stick to their commitment, but I don’t think that’s a fair approach (especially when you consider the way coaches bounce around without notice).
Recruits have the right to change their mind. And programs have the right to not pursue recruits.
If Tennessee decides to not further pursue Wilcoxson, you could hardly blame them.
But at the same time, it’s hard to blame Wilcoxson for making a decision that he feels is best for him at the moment.
Recruiting can be frustrating. It’s why it’s best to not get too attached to a player until they’ve inked their name on signing day.
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