Shaun Crawford Officially Decommits

Submitted by rb4kb8 on May 23rd, 2014 at 10:51 PM
It's all over the Twitterverse.

Isn't recruiting a blast? Everyday I realize there's so much better stuff I can waste my time on.

It's not about Crawford. My frustration is the process and the 'again' feeling.

Good luck to the young man.


Randy Marsh

May 23rd, 2014 at 10:57 PM ^


 noun \kə-ˈmit-mənt\

: a promise to do or give something

: a promise to be loyal to someone or something

: the attitude of someone who works very hard to do or support something



Haywood Jablomy

May 25th, 2014 at 6:26 AM ^

  1. 1.
    a formal promise or assurance (typically in writing) that certain conditions will be fulfilled, especially that a product will be repaired or replaced if not of a specified quality and durability.
  2. 2.
    a formal pledge to pay another person's debt or to perform another person's obligation in the case of default.
  1. 1.
    provide a formal assurance or promise, especially that certain conditions shall be fulfilled relating to a product, service, or transaction.


May 23rd, 2014 at 10:57 PM ^

Jeez, I've been a member of MgoBlog for 6 years and if I had a dime for every player who was supposedly the next coming who either decommitted or came very close to committing only to pick someone else on NSD......I'd have like a couple of dollars by now. 


Chin up, people. It's one guy. 


May 23rd, 2014 at 11:09 PM ^

Exactly. Not to be snarky, but let's all check back at the end of NSD to see who actually made good on their commitment. I know there's no football going on right now, and that's why people cling to recruiting in the off season, as a way to stay connected, but it's sort of crazy to get attached beforehand when clearly the names will change by the end. 


May 23rd, 2014 at 11:49 PM ^

Take the case of Rory McIlroy. I don't know the circumstances of his decommit from Carolyn Wozniacki, but his public statement was that he wasn't ready for all that marriage entails. He's 25, she's 23. They're too young, and I'm sure he's generally thought of as a catch. Why tie yourself down in that position? 


May 23rd, 2014 at 11:57 PM ^

They were not married though. The way you worded your original post made it sound like you were saying that if a married 21 year old is a catch and receives interest from other, he/she should explore that. 

If you explore that after committing yourself, then you are no catch at all. 


May 24th, 2014 at 12:09 AM ^

That's not true.  Sometimes people get married too soon or for the wrong reasons.  It doesn't mean you aren't a "catch" if that's the case.  There are a lot of guys who are bad boyfriends/husbands to one girl but a very good one to the next because the first one just wasn't the right one.  


May 24th, 2014 at 1:19 AM ^

Well being "a catch" is completely subjective and each person will determine who is or is not a catch. 


For me not knowing yourself enough to know that you're getting married too early or for the wrong reasons is completely unacceptable and indicative of somebody who is anything but a catch. 


May 24th, 2014 at 10:05 AM ^

How many people truly know themselves at age 21? And if you say you, then you must be 21. With age comes wisdom. 


"Catch" was not a good word choice, although I still think the marriage analogy is fine. "Catch" is really more applicable to the player in this scenario. I was trying to link the two, and the important point is that making a commitment too early, before you're ready can lead to second thoughts and make you realize that you need to see what else is out there before you sign on the dotted line.


And for what it's worth, I'm not sure why ending a marriage at age 22 is any worse than ending an engagement. Both are promises of commitment. Maybe in the eyes of society, but I would be equally upset in both scenarios. Just my opinion. 




May 24th, 2014 at 10:15 PM ^

First of all, objectifies the person you are referring to as a "catch," making them sound like a particularly large tuna you caught on a fishing trip.

Second of all, implies that you "caught" more than you really deserve to have, which implies that, unless you keep them drugged and tied up in the basement, you are likely to lose them, or at least find them all eaten up by the time you drag them back to harbor tied to the side of the boat because they are too big to haul into the boat.

Furthermore, I don't understand why ending a marriage at age 22 is worse than ending one at 23, 24 . . . , 109, 110, or whatever other age 50% or more of marriages end in the US. And I really don't care what they do, and I certainly don't consider myself better than they are.

Perhaps this argument is about whether people who remain entangled in a horrible marriage that they are capable of leaving should get a medal for refusing to admit they fucked up. I think they deserve a divorce just like anyone else. Or maybe those happily married folk deserve a medal for lucking out. In this case, certainly virtue is its own reward.

I only really responded to see how narrow the box will get. Anybody know where to go to discuss the NCAA commitment/recruitment system?


May 24th, 2014 at 12:24 AM ^

The point is, when you're young, it's pretty normal to continue to be curious about what's out there. Getting married too young/committing to a university to play football when you're a sophomore or a junior doesn't always lead to a relationship that lasts "forever." Sometimes it's best to check out all your options before you commit. 


May 24th, 2014 at 12:30 AM ^

I agree for the most part. I am just advocating for people to not commit until they are 100 percent sure. 

I get the fact that teenagers are kids and will get caught up in moments, which is fine. I dont blame a kid for decommitting at all. Marriage is a different story and probably not the best analogy. 


This got wildly off topic though and I apologize for that.


May 24th, 2014 at 4:42 PM ^

This was a depth chart decision. He was the 3rd best DB in the class and we are loaded at DB with JPepp coming in. I love his speed and his game but he was not going to see the field any time soon.

I Like Burgers

May 24th, 2014 at 4:51 PM ^

The results on the field did me in.  Recruiting is all about hope and "next year will be better."  Its been two recruiting classes in a row now, and the on field results keep getting worse.  This year looks like it'll be three in a row.  So its tough to give a shit about recruiting when the on field results don't seem to change.  We could have 25 Peppers, or 25 Jared Wanglers (sorry Jared), but if we're still winning 7 to 9 games a season, who really cares who the next great recruit is?

No sense in getting excited about a Ferrari if no one knows how to drive it.


May 23rd, 2014 at 11:00 PM ^

Hoke needs to win this year or its over. No quantity of statements of confidence from the AD's office, or platitudes that glow over "improvement" will help stop the bleeding if he does not win significantly this year. 

Do I sound negative? Well, yeah. One of the major reasons many of us got on board the Hoke bandwagon was his good recruiting; now we are going on year two of disappointments, potentially. A turnaround will be needed soon, or our rivals will start hammering us. Another year of discontent will drive the top recruits away as surely as the digital billboard on Stadium Blvd scrolling the message "We Support Donald Sterling."