WAXAHACHIE, Texas – In an unexpected turn of events, a college football program has been left reeling after the de-commitment of one of its most highly touted recruits. Local reports have confirmed that Skeeter Johnson, a four-star linebacker from Waxahachie who had originally pledged to play ball for New Mexico State University, has backed out of his verbal commitment for reasons he assures the Aggies are about him, and what he’s going through right now.
“It definitely wasn’t an easy phone call to make, I can tell you that,” said Johnson, who made 143 tackles last season and recently started turning the heads of some in state football programs once he was able to receive his qualifying SAT score. “I just wanted to let coach know that I had a lot of fun during this process, and I really enjoyed spending time with him, and on my official visit. But right now, I just started realizing I’m not ready to make that sort of commitment.”
Recruits de-committing after initial pledges is nothing new to football recruiting. Statistics suggest that up to half of all verbal pledges that come too early in the process lead to recruits slowly realizing they rushed into the relationship, and need more time to explore their options rather than settling for the first serious offer that comes along.
“I just wanted coach to know that at the end of the day, it wasn’t him, or the program, or anything they did,” said Johnson, who also recently changed his Facebook status to reflect that he’s re-opened his recruitment, for which he received ‘likes’ from schools such as Houston, SMU, and Louisiana-Lafayette. “I had a great time, and I don’t regret spending that weekend with the Aggies, like, at all. They were great. So good, I swear. But right now I just need some space to really think about what I want to do with my future.”
Johnson added that he’s not sure when he will choose a new school, saying, “I just need some ‘Skeeter’ time right now, you know?”
Calls to New Mexico State were not immediately returned, and sources close to the department have reported the faint sound of The Cure coming from within the darkened, lonely football offices.