Originally Posted by UFreak
But the right talent too. I wonder if this latest move by Brantley will sour the coaches to him. Is it possible that they say something like? "Caleb, what's going on here. We need players we can depend on. You texted me your decommitment on the afternoon just before our Sugar Bowl game."
Sure, in a perfect world all your prospects would commit in June the year before signing day, never waver, never require your attention and spend the rest of the year recruiting for you. But coaching entails dealing with guys who aren't Tim Tebow, and there's a lot of coddling and ego stroking that goes on.
Elam committed to us, de-committed to FSU, then committed to us again, and I'm happy to have him. Yes, his circumstances were unique (Meyer's drama), but he also spent the entire 2009 season wavering and taking other visits before Meyer did his dance. And Marcus Roberson committed to Auburn, de-committed, committed to Texas Tech something like 10 days before signing day, de-committed, then signed with us, which kind of screwed Tech.
If the coaches feel that Brantley's a good enough player to justify a roster spot (and they clearly do), then you have to swallow your pride and try to reel him again. Are their limits to this? Absolutely. And if Brantley comes on campus, acts the fool, doesn't listen to coaches, doesn't put in the effort, then by all means, kick him out of the program.
But we're just not in a position to turn away good defensive tackles unless the character concerns are exceptionally serious. And I don't think an 18-year-old male being self-absorbed and egotistical qualifies.